Education news. In context.
Diversity & Equity
Politics & Policy
Teaching & Classroom
Student & School Performance
Leadership & Management
Charters & Choice
Find a Job
How to be a Chalkbeat source
Republish Our Stories
Code of Ethics
Our News Partners
Work with Us
July 30, 2019
Tennessee will wait another year to grade its schools A-F
The delay gives another reprieve for low-performing schools in the state’s bottom 5 percent, most of which are in Memphis and Nashville.
March 21, 2019
Griffin: Higher standards, more certified teachers and better K-2 instructors are top priorities for Tennessee’s turnaround district
Sharon Griffin is ready to make some sweeping changes in the Achievement School District’s 30 charter schools.
September 26, 2018
These Memphis schools now risk a state takeover
A look at the state’s new criteria for when to step in to improve schools provides some clues about which ones are under consideration.
September 21, 2018
Memphis moves from problem child to poster child on Tennessee’s new school improvement list
The city got encouraging news on Friday as fewer of its schools landed on Tennessee's newest list of troubled "priority schools."
September 19, 2018
Struggling Tennessee schools find out Friday if they could face state intervention
The "priority school" list will be the first since 2014 and will chart state improvement strategies, investments, and interventions.
September 5, 2018
One state, three lists of troubled schools — another consequence of Tennessee’s testing mess
After months of talks, federal and state officials come to terms on how to address Tennessee's lowest-performing schools in light of TNReady problems.
Updated May 15, 2018
It’s official! Results from Tennessee’s ugly testing year won’t count for much of anything
Tennessee teachers and school districts can decide how to use this year’s standardized test results and won’t suffer consequences if the scores aren't good.
Taking a hit
May 14, 2018
By getting testing wrong again, Tennessee could undo what it may be getting right
Many stakeholders worry that public outcry over this year’s sloppy TNReady testing will unravel years of carefully crafted accountability systems.
May 9, 2018
Tennessee’s messy testing season is finished, but how much the scores will matter is up in the air
Students turned in their last standardized exams on Wednesday, capping more than three weeks of on-again, off-again computerized testing for TNReady.
May 4, 2018
Does Tennessee’s emergency response to testing problems conflict with federal ed law? Stay tuned.
While legislation to address TNReady woes has eased concerns in school communities, it's raised a flurry of new questions about Tennessee’s plan under ESSA.
April 19, 2018
Tennessee lawmakers take matters into their own hands on TNReady testing problems
After more testing problems, the legislature votes to pull TNReady scores from this year’s accountability systems for students, teachers, schools, districts.
March 9, 2018
It’s not enough just to stay open, say Memphis parents of their struggling elementary school
Parents are glad Shelby County Schools rejected a state recommendation to close Hawkins Mill Elementary, but still have questions.
February 20, 2018
State’s most drastic school intervention plans won’t work, say Memphis board members
School board members suggest Hawkins Mill Elementary and American Way Middle instead move into the district's turnaround model, the Innovation Zone.
February 16, 2018
McQueen outlines state intervention plans for 21 Memphis schools
McQueen's letter offers the first look at how the state is pursuing school turnaround plans under its new tiered model of school improvement.
At what cost
February 1, 2018
Do schools lose ground when losing top teachers to turnaround schools? A little, but it’s worth it, says Tennessee research
New research addresses a nagging concern about the quest to lure top teachers to struggling schools.
In your inbox.
Chalkbeat New York
How I Teach
Ready or Not
Rise & Shine Colorado
Rise & Shine Detroit
Rise & Shine Indiana
Rise & Shine Tennessee
The Starting Line