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September 19, 2018
Aurora is rolling out new curriculum to catch up with how teachers teach writing
Aurora discovered that about 40 percent of its third-through-eighth-graders earned zero points on certain writing sections of the state test.
September 11, 2018
Summer camps lift reading skills for third straight year in Tennessee
Tennessee's campaign to help its children read better is seeing encouraging results from investments in school-based summer camps.
state test results
August 16, 2018
With accelerated growth in literacy and math, Denver students close in on state averages
Still, fewer than half of Denver students in grades three through eight met state expectations in literacy, and only about a third met them in math.
July 25, 2018
In his final months as Tennessee governor, Haslam reflects on his education legacy
In a wide-ranging interview, the outgoing Republican governor talks about achievement gains, TNReady disappointments, pre-K challenges, and what's next.
Silver Lining Playbook
July 19, 2018
Memphis’ youngest students show reading gains on 2018 state tests — and that’s a big deal
Those working to improve early literacy rates in Shelby County Schools got a small morale boost from newly released TNReady scores.
July 2, 2018
Attorneys in literacy lawsuit plan to appeal federal judge’s ‘disappointing’ dismissal
A judge has dismissed Detroit students' federal lawsuit. Attorneys plan to appeal.
January 2, 2018
Four Memphis charter organizations pilot new reading curriculum
The literacy grants from Memphis Education Fund come at a time when local and state officials are doubling down on solutions to Tennessee’s reading challenges.
October 13, 2017
In their second year, Tennessee’s summer reading camps show improved skills for some
While testing data is available for only half of participating students, those who were assessed grew in their reading accuracy by an average of 4 percentage points.
October 11, 2017
KIPP launches collaborative with Memphis charters to improve literacy results
Eleven elementary and middle schools from four different charter organizations in Memphis have adopted the KIPP Wheatley curriculum.
October 2, 2017
Memphis early education giant merges with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library affiliate
In an effort to bolster early literacy, the city's leading provider of early childhood education for poor children adds home book delivery to its services.
How I Teach
August 15, 2017
This Colorado teacher doesn’t come to class with ironclad lessons. Instead, students help her plan along the way.
A teacher from Western Colorado talks about the woman who inspired her to teach, the importance of parent feedback and why she likes it when students laugh in class.
Stopping summer slide
July 13, 2017
On National Summer Learning Day, Memphis takes stock of programs for kids
Mayor Jim Strickland estimates that 10,000 children and teens are being reached this summer through various learning programs.
It takes a village
March 1, 2017
Nashville’s third-graders trail the state in reading proficiency. Here’s the city’s plan to change that.
As Tennessee grapples with its reading problem, Nashville kicks off its own literacy effort aimed at accelerating the reading skills of the city’s youngest students.
Read to be Ready
February 23, 2017
McQueen takes stock of Tennessee’s literacy campaign after first year
The state is making progress with its youngest readers, but still has a long way to go, says its education commissioner.
February 21, 2017
Ramirez resigns as academics chief for Shelby County Schools
In a letter emailed to her colleagues, Heidi Ramirez says she is leaving her job “to be closer to loved ones and take on new challenges.”
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