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Rise & Shine: Results from Tennessee’s ugly testing year won’t count for much

Good morning!

A flurry of announcements was unleashed during yesterday's frank talk about testing problems by Gov. Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Candice McQueen.  Bottom line: Tennessee will stick with computerized testing, but it’s making lots of changes and tweaks due to another messy testing year. Our story hits the highlights, but be watching for more analysis to come.

—Marta W. Aldrich, statehouse correspondent

HITTING PAUSE  Tennessee teachers and school districts can decide how to use this year’s standardized test results and won’t suffer consequences for low scores after another year of problems with the state’s computerized exam. Chalkbeat, The Tennessean, Nashville Public Radio, Times Free Press, WKRN, WBIR

TNREADY RIPPLES  School districts in Bartlett and Franklin drop TNReady scores from this year’s final student grades. WBRC, The Tennessean

CHARTER GROWTH  Charter organization Gestalt Community Schools purchases a shopping center in southeast Memphis with an eye toward expansion. Memphis Daily News

IN THE RUNNING  A top Nashville schools official is one of four finalists vying to become the next superintendent of the district in Newark, New Jersey. Chalkbeat

RAPPED  Nashville Superintendent Shawn Joseph is under fire from a school board member for using a rap song during a principals meeting. The Tennessean, WTVF

EDUCATION EQUITY  A community conversation in one Knox County neighborhood opens up old wounds among residents who feel their schools rank behind others when it comes to district priorities. Knoxville News Sentinel

STUDENT SLEUTHS  A group of Northeast Tennessee students in a high school sociology class believe they may have uncovered the faint trail of an unknown serial killer. Knoxville News Sentinel

DON’T QUIT, GET FIT  A national campaign awards three Tennessee schools $100,000 each to develop fitness centers. WRCB

SCHOOL SPIRIT  A Memphis student wins money for his high school after being named the most spirited athlete in America. WMC

SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP  Putnam County schools and a public television station are recognized for partnering to help prepare students for school. Cookeville Herald-Citizen

SCHOOL SUPPLIES STUDY   Nearly all public school teachers report digging into their pockets to pay for school supplies, spending nearly $480 a year, far more than the federal $250 tax deduction available to teachers. The Associated Press

A NEW STANDARD  Here’s what annoyed California high school students the most about the switch to Common Core. Chalkbeat