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Tennessee Department of Education
Updated April 4, 2019
Tennessee would take a year off from computer-based testing under legislative proposal
The one-year hiatus would give the state's next testing company more time to prepare to administer computer-based TNReady exams.
March 28, 2019
Tennessee’s new education commissioner named a ‘chief for change’ by national group
Penny Schwinn is among the newest members of Chiefs for Change, a high-profile national network of education leaders.
March 14, 2019
Tennessee governor reveals details about his ‘parent choice’ proposal, which could take money from public schools
Gov. Bill Lee reveals long-awaited details about his plan to give Tennessee parents more education choices for their children, beginning in the fall of 2021.
March 5, 2019
Tennessee seeks bids for testing company to oversee troubled TNReady program
The state releases its request for proposals after three straight years of testing problems under two different vendors.
February 28, 2019
Few students with disabilities use Tennessee voucher program, now in its second full year
Only 137 out of 42,000 eligible students are using the state's Individualized Education Account program.
Forces of Nature
Updated February 27, 2019
Online trial run of TNReady test dampened by flooding and flu across Tennessee
Less than half of the high school students who were scheduled to take the state's online "verification test" were able to participate.
February 22, 2019
Is Tennessee moving its weakest teachers to early, non-tested grades? New research says yes.
Low-performing teachers in grades 3 through 5 are more likely to be reassigned to non-tested early grades than their more effective peers.
February 8, 2019
What we heard from Tennessee’s education commissioner during her first week
Penny Schwinn's whirlwind week started with school visits and ended with a state policy meeting. In between, she met with lawmakers, superintendents, and staff.
February 4, 2019
Tennessee’s new education chief wants to ‘listen and learn’ with school visits
Penny Schwinn visited Tennessee classrooms on her first day on the job and pledged to make that a habit.
February 4, 2019
Nashville school board member and political operative apologizes for his part in Tennessee’s Race to the Top
Will Pinkston presents his perspective in a 16,000-word, self-published essay.
Politics & Policy
February 1, 2019
Six things to know about Penny Schwinn, Tennessee’s new education commissioner
Penny Schwinn starts her new job on Monday, where she will oversee K-12 policy for Gov. Bill Lee.
January 31, 2019
Study: Tennessee schools with the biggest needs tend to have lower-quality principals
Researchers offer the first statewide look at the quality of school leaders — and where they work.
Updated January 30, 2019
Just months before its next testing company is supposed to start, Tennessee has yet to receive its first bid
The state has yet to release its request for proposals soliciting testing companies to take over its embattled TNReady assessment program.
January 28, 2019
For his first Tennessee budget proposal, Lee eyes teacher pay, school security, career and tech ed
The Republican governor looked at K-12 education needs during his second day of budget hearings.
January 23, 2019
Tennessee’s next education chief starts in February. Here’s how she’s prepping.
Penny Schwinn is winding down her obligations in Texas, where she has overseen academics since 2016.
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