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September 10, 2018
Most Tennessee voters favor state tests and want TNReady fixed, says new poll
But whether the state should keep using student test results to evaluate teachers is less clear, according to a new statewide survey.
August 3, 2018
Here’s how Lee, Dean compare on education in the race to be Tennessee’s next governor
The state's next leader will set the course for school funding and shape education policy on everything from student testing to teacher evaluations.
meet the fellows
May 17, 2018
Meet the 38 teachers chosen by SCORE to champion education around Tennessee
Six teachers from Memphis have been awarded fellowships that will allow them to spend the next year supporting better education in Tennessee. The year-long fellowships,…
January 22, 2018
Tennesseans are about to get their first good look at candidates for governor on education
Voters will get to hear from all but one of the major candidates Tuesday evening during the first gubernatorial forum televised statewide.
November 29, 2017
As Tennessee governor’s race ramps up, so does the conversation around schools
The State Collaborative on Reforming Education unveils five priorities aimed at moving Tennessee up from the middle of the pack on student achievement.
October 10, 2017
Meet first Tennesseans in a new education leadership program for people of color
Organizers say the newest leadership development program is needed to better reflect the communities served by public schools, and convene diverse experienced leaders.
August 1, 2017
Tennessee voters want an education-minded governor in 2018, says new survey
The results come a year before the 2018 gubernatorial primaries, and the next leader will follow several governors who have sought to overhaul Tennessee's K-12 schools.
May 8, 2017
Wanted: Millennials to teach in Tennessee
The advocacy group known as SCORE kicks off a campaign to recruit young people to high-needs schools in both rural and urban districts.
April 18, 2017
‘I think you will do well,’ says governor to Tennessee students preparing for TNReady
Tennessee's youngest students who began testing this week receive a pep talk from Haslam and a No. 2 pencil courtesy of SCORE.
on the air
April 14, 2017
Trumpeting a ‘new and improved TNReady,’ radio ads tout why testing matters
The two-week run goes through next week in conjunction with the state’s April 17-May 5 TNReady testing window.
March 30, 2017
In final year of Common Core, Tennessee teachers can use practice test questions from PARCC
As TNReady testing approaches in mid-April, teachers are looking for practice questions to prep their students for the state's revamped assessment.
Making the SCORE
February 7, 2017
Seeking to balance reform with stability, SCORE unveils priorities in annual State of Education report
The influential education research and advocacy organization unveils its top three priorities aimed at sustaining Tennessee's academic gains.
January 30, 2017
Here’s what one Tennessee teacher will be listening for in Haslam’s State of the State address
On Monday night, the governor will outline his administration's priorities for the upcoming year, including for education.
December 20, 2016
Tennessee’s completed schools plan is finally out. Here’s what insiders are saying.
The plan, released in response to a sweeping new federal education law, has the potential to reshape the state’s 1,600 public schools.
October 18, 2016
Tennessee teacher prep programs can do better to ready teachers for Day One, report says
Only a handful of Tennessee’s 40 teacher preparation programs are adequately preparing new teachers to improve student achievement, says a SCORE report.
July 27, 2016
Want to be a teacher leader in Tennessee? New guide offers a roadmap
The Tennessee Department of Education on Wednesday released its third annual guide to provide teachers with leadership opportunities.
More than scores
July 20, 2016
Beyond test scores, Tennessee looks at how to evaluate districts and schools under ESSA
With the switch to ESSA looming, state leaders consider which metrics to include in the state's accountability plan.
July 18, 2016
Teacher prep needs to change. Here are some starters, say Tennessee leaders
After years of focusing on academic standards, testing and evaluations, education leaders are giving teacher preparation a fresh look in Tennessee.
April 19, 2016
TV ad promotes Tennessee’s new TNReady test
A coalition led by SCORE produces a 30-second advertisement promoting the value of the state's new assessment.
The big lift
April 19, 2016
Tennessee has an upward mobility problem. Can schools help?
State education leaders brainstorm about entrenched inequality — and schools’ role in reversing it.
February 1, 2016
Haslam expected to address education funding in State of the State speech
Entering office saying he wanted to be an "education governor," Bill Haslam is expected to continue that focus tonight when he delivers his annual address to lawmakers.
State of Education in Tennessee
January 27, 2016
SCORE report: Steady on TNReady, thumbs up to revised standards, target the achievement gap
An influential education research and advocacy group lists top priorities to improve the state of K-12 education in Tennessee.
November 18, 2015
Deadline looms in Tennessee’s standards review process, with much work left
Tennessee nears the finish line of its intricate review of and revisions to the Common Core State Standards.
Nation's Report Card
October 28, 2015
Like Tennessee’s NAEP scores, leaders’ script stays the same
As state leaders stuck with a 2-year-old script heralding Tennessee as the “fastest improving state in the nation," the NAEP reveals that the state just held its ground.
Leaders in Learning
October 26, 2015
2015 SCORE Prize honors schools, districts in Memphis, Nashville, Trousdale County
Public schools are honored as winners of the fifth annual SCORE Prize for being leaders in student learning in Tennessee.
May 21, 2015
Are teachers unwittingly contributing to testing anxiety?
As the state adopts tougher tests to measure how much students know, parents and education leaders worry the new climate adds to student stress.
March 2, 2015
State education commissioner names testing task force
Responding to complaints of ‘too much testing' in Tennessee public schools, a 23-member task force will examine the matter and issue a report this summer.
January 16, 2015
SCORE report lauds gains, advocates for Common Core standards
While Tennessee students are making substantial gains on math and reading tests, they still lag behind most other states in academic achievement, with barely a…
December 17, 2014
Lipscomb dean will replace Huffman
A top official at one of Tennessee’s premier education schools will become Tennessee’s new education commissioner, Gov. Bill Haslam announced today.
January 27, 2014
SCORE report encourages focus on Common Core, school leadership, technology
While changes to education policies involving teacher evaluations and state standards have led to some improvements in Tennessee's public schools, the state's academic performance is still lagging, according to a new report from the State Collaborative On Reforming Education, or SCORE.
November 8, 2013
Here’s a roundup of what educators and politicians are saying about NAEP
There was interesting discussion Thursday about how Tennessee did on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP),also known as the “Nation’s Report Card.” As Chalkbeat…
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