Rise & Shine: Tennessee rates schools with redesigned report card

Good morning!

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