Rise & Shine: Tennessee high schoolers post higher test scores, but still low

SCORES IN  High school students in Tennessee saw their state test scores rise in 2017, the second year that a new test aligned to the Common Core standards were given in the state. Chalkbeat, The Tennessean, Times Free Press, Nashville Public Radio

BACK-TO-SCHOOL COUNTDOWN  With only two weeks before school starts, only half of Memphis students are registered. Chalkbeat, Local Memphis

TEACHERS WANTED  Shelby County Schools works to fill 250 open positions. The Commercial Appeal 

NAACP AND CHARTERS  For the second year in a row, the nation’s oldest civil rights group calls for a moratorium on charter schools. U.S. News & World Report

Here are six problems the NAACP has with charter schools — and five of its ideas for how to reshape the sector. Chalkbeat

IMPROVEMENT STRATEGY  Shelby County Chief of Schools Sharon Griffin talks about how the district plans to up student achievement this year. WREG

IT’S TAX-FREE WEEKEND!  Ready to save some cash on back-to-school shopping? Here are five things to know. The Tennessean

JUVENILE OFFENDERS  Former Memphis mayor and school superintendent Willie Herenton proposes buying the city’s former auto inspection building and converting it into a development center for juvenile offenders. Memphis Daily News

BUS DRIVERS  A Knox County school bus driver now facing criminal charges has a decadelong history of problems, including accusations of sexual harassment, banishment from meetings because of abusive behavior, and running over an elementary school student’s foot. Knoxville News Sentinel

CLEAN JOBS  Shelby County and nonprofit Clean Memphis partner to tackle two key city issues — litter and summer jobs for youth. Memphis Public Radio

SOLAR ECLIPSE  Citing safety concerns, Hamilton County Schools will close for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse. WTVC, Times Free Press

E-LABS  When Hamilton County students head back to school, some classrooms will be equipped with new engineering technology, courtesy of a $1 million grant from Volkswagen and the state of Tennessee. WTVC

GAME PLAN  The new superintendent of Jackson-Madison County Schools outlines his vision for the district. Jackson Sun

DRIVERS BEWARE  Knoxville police make plans to be out in force on Aug. 7, when Knox County students return to school. Knoxville News Sentinel

SCHOOL SAFETY  Wilson County Schools steps up its game to keep kids safe under the oversight of a certified emergency manager. WKRN

CYBER BULLYING  Here’s how schools in Middle Tennessee are combatting cyber bullying. WKRN

ROBOT CAMP  Middle and high school students from East Tennessee learn about computer programming and 3D printing robots at a summer camp in Johnson City. Johnson City Press