Rise & Shine: Is your school in Tennessee’s bottom 10 percent?

Good morning!

How schools are held accountable in Tennessee has changed a lot in recent years, especially with the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act and the state's plan to comply with it. So, it's important to know what it means when schools show up on the state's "cusp list" warning schools they are in danger of appearing on the next "priority list" of the bottom 5 percent of schools. Read our explainer and explore the newest rankings in a sortable chart.

— Laura Faith Kebede, reporter

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WARNING LIST One thing to know about the cusp list: The state’s turnaround district is still struggling to move schools out of the bottom 5 percent, while the Innovation Zone in Memphis is having some success. Chalkbeat

TEACHING TECHNOLOGY While Shelby County Schools is adapting to the technological revolution, organizations have come online to bridge the gap. High Ground News

FACING POVERTY Staff at a Memphis school talk about the impact homelessness has on students and what they’re doing to help. WREG

GROWING PAINS A Franklin Republican files a bill that would provide state funds for more buildings in districts that are growing by at least 250 students per year in the last five years. The Tennessean

SCHOOL FINANCE National charter school operator Rocketship Public Schools owes more than $19,000 in unpaid federal taxes, prompting the Internal Revenue Service to file a lien against the company in Nashville. The Tennessean

PARTNERSHIP ZONE State Education Commissioner Candice McQueen presents a fleshed out plan to build a partnership zone with five low-performing Hamilton County schools — to the school board’s delight. Times Free Press

HELPING HAND Budget cuts to a Nashville middle school after-school tutoring program prompts high schoolers to fill the void. WSMV

TEACHER SHORTAGE One Nashville physics teacher takes it upon himself to teach 250 students in one semester because there was no one else qualified for the job. WSMV

GLOBAL EDUCATION A group of high school teachers from China visit Nashville through a teacher training exchange program in partnership with Peabody College at Vanderbilt. WSMV

SCHOOL CALENDAR Hamilton County school board members call a proposed calendar a “nightmare” for having a full week of fall break in October and a full week off for Thanksgiving. Times Free Press

GOLD STAR A Kingsport teacher shares why she pursued national board certification and how it has helped her be a better teacher. Kingsport Times-News

COMMUNITY PARTNER Blount County culinary arts students make meals for seniors through Meals on Wheels program. The Daily Times

STUDENT SAFETY A former Hardin County Elementary School teacher’s aide is under investigation for social media posts saying she was going to give special needs students in her class gummy Melatonin tablets to put them to sleep. WHBQ