The release of Tennessee's redesigned State Report Card has unleashed a wealth of new information aimed at helping families get a fuller picture of how their schools are performing. Learn what, including details about the state's new system for rating its schools.
We have lots of other ed news to digest, too. Read on!
—Marta W. Aldrich, statehouse correspondent
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LIVE ONLINE How is your school rated on academics and attendance? For the first time, Tennessee’s state report card enables families to find out. Chalkbeat, The Tennessean, Knoxville News Sentinel, Times Free Press, Johnson City Press, The Daily Times
SCHOOL CLOSURE Shelby County’s school board votes to close a 10-year-old Memphis charter school. Chalkbeat, The Commercial Appeal
TESTY TESTING Softening its request to state lawmakers, the Memphis board urges Tennessee to rely less on the standardized TNReady test. Chalkbeat
SCHOOL TURNAROUND Launching a new school improvement model in Hamilton County, Tennessee takes lessons learned in Memphis to Chattanooga. Chalkbeat, Times Free Press
PRE-K PARTNERSHIP An early childhood center in Memphis celebrates some new partners in educating the city’s youngest learners: Elmo and Sesame Street. Chalkbeat, Daily Memphian
INTERIM LEADER Shelby County Schools could have an interim superintendent named by the end of next week, according to the school board’s chairwoman. The Commercial Appeal
STANDING OVATION Outgoing Superintendent Dorsey Hopson is celebrated at his final meeting with Shelby County’s school board, including a special guest in the room — his teacher mom. The Commercial Appeal
LEGISLATIVE AGENDA Shelby County commissioners vote to ask the state to fund more school resource officers, social workers, and counselors in local schools. Daily Memphian
PORTFOLIO PUSH Memphis is among 10 cities targeted by a new national education advocacy group that wants to connect school board members pushing for dramatic change. Chalkbeat
NEW SCHOOL Jackson is getting a new high school building following a City Council vote to fund the construction. The Jackson Sun
CONNECTIVITY Districts in Blount County survey their middle and high school students to learn about their internet access at home. The Daily Times
DIGITAL PLAN Maury County Schools starts to develop a new plan for its digital future. Columbia Daily Herald
TECH FIT Students from two Franklin schools are invited to showcase their technology-based fitness games in a national competition. The Tennessean
GUARANTEED ADMISSION Tusculum College guarantees admission to seniors in a special program at Elizabethton High School. Knoxville News Sentinel
STEM FUN Seventh-graders in Dyer County set sail with homemade kayaks. State Gazette