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April 7, 2018
What’s next for Colorado schools ‘on the clock’? This bill would show the way
Colorado's school accountability law is silent about what should happen if students still aren’t learning in the years following state intervention.
February 5, 2018
Tennessee’s special education population is changing under its new academic intervention program
State education leaders hail a personalized learning program launched in 2014 for improved equity statewide and a decrease in special education referrals.
January 26, 2018
Colorado students would have to do science to learn it under new standards
A standards review committee has recommended Colorado adopt a modified version of Next Generation Science Standards. That could mean a big change in the classroom.
Social studies switch
May 12, 2017
At 11th hour, lawmakers mandate a whole semester of Tennessee history, but don’t specify where it will fit
Tennessee now will have to adjust proposed new social studies standards that the State Board of Education was poised to approve following a lengthy review.
May 11, 2017
State board gives initial support to plan for struggling Adams 14 district and high school
Adams 14 received initial approval for a plan to partner with an Arizona-based company to improve district schools, but has to better define the company's role.
May 4, 2017
Lawmakers want a whole semester of Tennessee history — but aren’t sure how schools can fit that in
The proposal emerges as the state is poised to adopt new social studies standards that include fewer state-specific facts.
April 21, 2017
Tennessee’s long journey to new social studies standards nears its finish line
The State Board of Education approves revised and shortened standards in the first of two votes, but debate continues over state-specific facts.
April 20, 2017
Tennessee reveals quicker exit plan for schools in the Achievement School District
A school will return to its local district if it improves and stays off of two consecutive “priority lists, or if it fails to improve.
A reason to HOPE?
April 12, 2017
HOPE Online charter school would dodge closure under state plan, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe
The meeting with the state board comes after HOPE failed to improve during the last seven years.
February 27, 2017
Lawmakers take first step to ease testing burden for young English language learners
If the bill becomes law, it would overrule a decision by the State Board of Education last year that required testing such students at least once in English.
Movers & shakers
February 13, 2017
McQueen selects new chief of staff from State Board team
Laura Encalade has served as director of policy and research for the State Board of Education.
January 27, 2017
One in three Tennessee graduates shouldn’t have received high school diploma, state says
The finding comes out of the State Department of Education's first examination of high school graduation data.
January 25, 2017
Tennessee already has one state-run school district. It’s about to get another.
The Tennessee State Board of Education is about to become one of only two state boards in the nation to double as a local school district.
Making the grade
December 15, 2016
Tennessee schools soon will receive letter grades. But will poverty be considered?
Not everyone is in agreement about what should constitute an A under Tennessee's new system for evaluating schools.
December 15, 2016
Here’s where Tennessee’s best teachers are trained, according to new state report card
Nearly all are located around Nashville and Memphis, and half are non-traditional, according to the State Board of Education report.
November 14, 2016
State Board to authorize its first Memphis school after overruling local district
Bypassing Shelby County Schools, Green Dot Public Schools will move ahead to open a high school in Hickory Hill next fall under the State Board of Education.
Movers and shakers
November 10, 2016
Former Teach For America leader appointed to State Board of Education
Elissa Kim will replace vice-chairwoman Carolyn Pearre, who represents Tennessee’s 5th congressional district in Middle Tennessee.
November 8, 2016
Scheffel holding on to state board of education seat by slim margin
Late returns show incumbent Republican Debora Scheffel narrowly leading in a much-watched State Board of Education race, effectively maintaining the status quo of the board.
Follow the money
November 1, 2016
Education reform group continues to spend big in state board race
The political committee linked to Democrats for Education reform spent $80,000 to help Rebecca McClellan win her seat.
October 28, 2016
You’ve heard what Buzzfeed thinks about Tennessee’s social studies standards. Here’s what teachers say.
Despite some public backlash about proposed new social studies standards, many Tennessee teachers welcome the changes.
getting to know you
October 24, 2016
State board member Joyce Rankin on testing, standards and a new education commissioner
Rankin was first appointed to the seat in 2015.
Colorado Votes 2016
October 21, 2016
High stakes, big money dominate this key Colorado board of education race
Colorado's State Board of Education is currently controlled by Republicans by a vote. The outcome of this race could change that.
Follow the money
October 18, 2016
Colorado teachers union, reform groups find common ground on shifting political power on state board
Plus, the state's largest teachers union, in a rare move, is supporting a Republican for a state House race.
October 14, 2016
For the first time in nearly a decade, Tennessee has new science standards
The new science standards, which identify what students are expected to know at each grade level, will reach classrooms in the fall of 2018.
hold up wait a minute
October 12, 2016
Colorado won’t bolt from PARCC just yet, state board chairman says
The board chairman previously said this fall was the state board's last chance to drop the multi-step testing group.
October 12, 2016
Amid backlash, Tennessee extends time for public to weigh in on proposed social studies standards
A growing chorus of complaints about proposed new social studies standards leads a state panel to lengthen the period for receiving public input on the draft.
October 12, 2016
Heyburn recommends reversing Memphis school board on Green Dot’s charter denial
Sara Heyburn also recommends denying appeals by two other California-based operators seeking to open charter schools in Memphis and Nashville.
September 15, 2016
Pueblo’s plan: pour efforts into training and keeping teachers in struggling schools
The State Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the district’s first innovation zone.
September 15, 2016
Wanted: Feedback on Tennessee’s new social studies standards
The State Board of Education announces the launch of an online review site open through Oct. 28.
August 23, 2016
Crosstown High among five more charters approved for Memphis, while Green Dot among rejected charters planning appeals
A school board vote to grow Shelby County Schools' charter sector in 2017 also sets the stage for a battle as several other operators vow to appeal their denials.
August 22, 2016
More charter schools likely coming to Memphis
If Shelby County's school board concurs with recommendations, Tennessee’s largest district will expand to 52 charter schools in 2017 — about a fourth of its schools.
August 12, 2016
Likely coming to a teacher prep program near you: A harder licensure test
The State Board of Education is considering requiring teachers to pass a new test that assesses video recordings of student teaching.
July 27, 2016
Two Nashville teacher residencies selected to partner with national center
New teacher residencies through Project Renaissance and Belmont University receive support from the National Center for Teacher Residencies.
July 22, 2016
Tennessee first-grade teachers now can be evaluated beyond test scores
The State Board of Education votes to update its evaluation policy, adding a new option for first-grade teachers.
July 22, 2016
State Board finalizes $200 million increase for Tennessee education
The State Board of Education finalizes $4.35 billion in funding allocations to K-12 districts for the 2016-17 school year, an increase of $200 million.
July 20, 2016
Meet the former teacher who helps steer Tennessee’s education policy
As executive director of the State Board of Education, Sara Heyburn talks with Chalkbeat about what the board does and Tennessee education policy priorities.
bill of goods?
July 7, 2016
Colorado officials are not happy with how the new federal education law is playing out. Here’s why.
Department officials told the board they believed about a quarter of the proposed regulations put new limits on states.
hope for hope
July 7, 2016
HOPE Online gets reprieve from State Board, will continue operating in Aurora
State Board members said they voted to keep HOPE Online open in Aurora in order to respect parent choice.
July 6, 2016
Colorado is rethinking all of its major education policies. And everyone is jockeying for influence.
State Board of Education chairman Steve Durham has four ideas. See them here first.
Updated June 28, 2016
Establishment candidates win State Board of Education primaries with double-digit leads over upstarts
The outcome of today's election sets the stage for November's contest that could change the direction of the State Board of Education.
rematch of sorts
June 27, 2016
Common Core critic challenges incumbent appointee in GOP primary for 3rd district state board seat
Common Core critic Anita Stapleton is challenging incumbent Joyce Rankin in Tuesday's primary for a seat on the State Board of Education.
June 21, 2016
Transgender students struggle with mental health issues, survey shows
Results from the 2015 Health Kids Colorado Survey show that many transgender students face major mental health struggles.
Party of Seven
June 13, 2016
Colorado state board and education commissioner held a secret meeting — but accomplished nothing
On the first Wednesday in March, six of the seven members of the State Board of Education met for a private dinner with the man…
June 8, 2016
Colorado backs off controversial proposal to change schools rating system
Civil rights and education reform advocacy groups raised concern.
Updated June 7, 2016
Proposed shift in Colorado’s school ratings draws ire of education reform, civil rights groups
State Department of Education officials say that few schools’ ratings would change as a result, and that the new system would better gauge how smaller schools are doing.
June 1, 2016
With no mention of proselytizing, social studies teachers drill down on Tennessee standards
Social studies teachers from across the state kick off a review of the subject's academic standards, with revisions to reach Tennessee classrooms in 2019.
Failure to launch
May 17, 2016
Freeing failing schools from bureaucracy hasn’t worked as hoped. So why is Colorado still doing it?
The state's 2008 innovation law was considered an education reform policy win.
aint over til its over
May 11, 2016
State board approves Aurora school redesigns, but Aurora Central isn’t off the hook
The meeting also set up a new debate about how the state will address dozens of failing Colorado schools that have reached the end of the state’s accountability timeline.
not so fast
May 5, 2016
Memphis charter school operators first to appeal closures to state board
Southern Avenue Middle and two schools at Omni Prep Academy cite a lack of closure policy and uniform enforcement by Shelby County Schools.
April 15, 2016
At long last, phase-out of Common Core is official in Tennessee
The State Board of Education signs off on new "homegrown" standards after 18 months of examination and revisions.
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