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May 2, 2019
Three Memphis charters spared from closure under new state law, while former superintendent plans to appeal decision to close one of his schools
A charter school leader running for mayor plans to appeal Shelby County Schools’ decision to close one of his schools after he said board members used a double standard.
December 19, 2018
Memphis and Nashville put on notice about which schools could face state takeover in 2020
In one of her final acts as Tennessee education commissioner, Candice McQueen has identified nearly 20 schools that could require the most drastic state interventions…
October 29, 2018
Memphis’ only program for adults to get high school diploma gets lifeline from district leaders
The need for programs like adult education programs like The Excel Center is immense in Memphis.
October 23, 2018
Memphis school board postpones closing seven charter schools
The delay is a rare concession for a school board that has been quick to close charter schools that are not meeting state standards.
October 22, 2018
Seven Memphis schools could have charters revoked next week
The vote scheduled comes about a month after the state released its “priority list” of schools that performed worst on state tests.
lists on lists
September 21, 2018
Tennessee just released its list of top-performing schools. Is your school on it?
More than 300 schools in 85 districts were honored by Tennessee on Friday as the state released its list of “reward” schools.
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May 18, 2018
This Memphis principal says supporting teachers and parents helped pull her school out of the bottom 10 percent
This year, Georgian Hills Achievement Elementary left not only left the bottom 5 percent of Tennessee schools but moved out of the bottom 10 percent
February 8, 2018
Is your school in Tennessee’s bottom 10 percent? Here’s a list of 166 schools the state says need to improve
Here are three things to know about the warning list, which lists schools in the bottom 10 percent, followed by a searchable list.
February 2, 2018
Here are seven Memphis charter schools in danger of closing
Under a new accountability system for charter schools, those scoring low on Shelby County Schools' scorecard automatically begin a review process.
October 20, 2017
Thirteen Memphis schools among 169 honored by state for academics, growth
Thirteen schools in Tennessee’s largest district were among 169 honored on Friday as the state released its first list of “reward” schools since 2015.
February 23, 2017
No longer at the bottom: These 20 schools are Tennessee’s model for turnaround
The Tennessee Department of Education is studying these schools that have launched off its list of worst performing to inform future turnaround work.
It's a start
December 6, 2016
Here’s a first look at how Tennessee schools could change under new federal law
The Tennessee Department of Education kicks off meetings about its plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act.
April 20, 2016
Here’s where Tennessee’s lowest-performing schools stand a year before the state’s next priority list
Here's the so-called "cusp" list from the State Department of Education, along with five things to know before viewing it.
Adjustments in Accountability
March 31, 2016
This year’s TNReady scores can’t put your school on the priority list. Here’s why.
In light of TNReady's bumpy rollout, the State Department of Education has new provisions in place for how student test scores will be used to evaluate low-performing schools.
Politics & Policy
August 3, 2015
State officials recognize 170 schools for achievement, growth
The annual reward list comprises Tennessee's top 5 percent of schools for academic achievement and the top 5 percent for annual growth.
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