Rise & Shine: State announces date for TNReady results release

TN READY Tennessee will release the first standardized TNReady scores in November, with a redesigned score report meant to make it easier for parents to understand what their child’s score means. Chalkbeat, Chattanooga Times Free Press

LIFE INSURANCE Shelby County Schools looks for another, hopefully cheaper option to pay for their employees’ life insurance. The Commercial Appeal

SOCIAL STUDIES Gov. Bill Haslam says he’s concerned that a proposed update to social studies standards would strip too much Tennessee history from requirements in the state’s public schools, although he hasn’t looked at the draft yet. The Associated Press

SPENDING SCREENING Metro Nashville Schools initiates a deep search for wasteful spending, with a team of top finance officials scrutinizing every contract worth more than $100,000. Nashville Public Radio

RANKINGS Comparing school performance can be difficult in the Memphis area since Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee use different standardized tests, so the Memphis Business Journal ranked schools based on ACT scores. The Memphis Business Journal

CLASSROOM CHRONICLES Tennessee Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen seemed particularly interested in talking to students when she visited the three public school systems in McMinn County last week. The Daily Post Athenian

ASTHMA SCREENING East Tennessee Children’s Hospital offers asthma screening in all the Knox County Title I schools—schools where poverty rates are high—as well as in some surrounding rural counties. Knoxville Mercury

RENOVATIONS One of Tennessee’s most affluent districts plans a $20 million renovation for one of its most affluent high schools. The Tennessean

FRANK CONVERSATIONS Questions of race and charter schools divide nationwide education leaders. NPR ED