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Achievement School District
October 16, 2019
What would you tell education leaders about the Achievement School District? We want to hear from you.
Chalkbeat Tennessee wants to know – what are your thoughts on the future of the Achievement School District, which is now in its eighth school year?
in the details
October 7, 2019
Some schools may exit Tennessee’s struggling turnaround district next year. But who will run them?
Because schools have never exited the Achievement School District for local control, no one is exactly sure how that should happen — not even state officials.
September 19, 2019
Before making big changes, Tennessee plans six community hearings on the future of school turnaround
A national search for a new leader of the Achievement School District won’t begin until after these sessions and any subsequent changes to the district.
Rules & Regs
Updated September 19, 2019
Tennessee fast-tracks voucher rules, but concerns resurface about testing accountability
The State Board of Education has given preliminary approval to a gamut of regulations governing the controversial program.
school level view
September 5, 2019
How a Memphis state-run school improved math scores 9 percentage points in one year
In math, Cornerstone Prep Denver’s student achievement is the highest of all 30 schools in the Achievement School District.
August 27, 2019
Here’s how two Nashville state-run schools are tackling teacher turnover, low student performance
LEAD Public Schools has significantly changed the way it runs its Achievement School District schools over the last two years.
August 15, 2019
As Tennessee’s turnaround district enters its eighth school year, scores remain stubbornly low
Only 3.4% of high schoolers in the Achievement School District met the state’s proficiency standards on this year’s math and English exams.
July 29, 2019
In a reversal, Memphis charter network to stay with Tennessee’s state district (for now)
Three weeks after a Memphis charter announced it would pull its school from the state-run Achievement District, officials say they've reached a temporary agreement.
in the room
July 25, 2019
Tennessee asked national education leaders how the state should fix its turnaround district. Here’s what they said.
Education leaders from across the country – whose work is driven by the belief that low-performing schools can be turned around – had some advice for Tennessee.
July 24, 2019
Ten new schools will open in Memphis this academic year, five have closed
This is the second consecutive year in which more charter schools than traditional district schools have shuttered.
Evolution of the ASD
July 23, 2019
Schwinn: No new schools will enter Tennessee’s turnaround district this year, but some may leave
Big changes will be coming to Tennessee’s Achievement School District within the next few months, the state’s education chief Penny Schwinn told Chalkbeat.
July 16, 2019
Tennessee school turnaround models either haven’t worked or are stalling out, new research finds
“We feel confident at this point saying that the strategy followed for the ASD hasn’t produced positive results for students we’d hoped to see,” said one researcher.
July 12, 2019
As Tennessee gives its turnaround district a hard look, fates of other takeover districts show struggles aren’t unique
Seven years later, Tennessee’s achievement district has not seen large gains. Nevada closed its turnaround district, and the other two states are struggling to launch.
July 3, 2019
For the first time, a Memphis charter network leaves state district for local oversight
The move by Freedom Preparatory Academy rolls back the 2014 state takeover of the Westwood school.
July 2, 2019
Tennessee’s summer reading camps are popular, getting results — and in peril
Federal funding has dried up for the popular program now serving 9,000 students in two-thirds of the state's school districts.
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