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July 27, 2018
Tennessee approves its first-ever computer science standards for K-8 schools
The state Board of Education gives final approval to new tech benchmarks that will reach classrooms in the fall of 2019.
March 19, 2018
Hopson promises more flexibility as Memphis school leaders clear the air with teachers on new curriculum
Though he didn't have specifics, Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said teachers should not feel like they need to read from a script to meet district requirements.
February 15, 2018
Three of Tennessee’s largest teacher training programs improve on state report card
While small alternative programs and private universities scored best again, several large public universities upped their performance under the state's grading system.
January 16, 2018
Tennessee’s mediocre teacher training programs prompt ‘interventions’ with university presidents
Armed with sobering data, state officials meet with top brass at universities where programs have grown out of touch with the needs of K-12 classrooms.
October 20, 2017
Siding with local district, Tennessee State Board denies two Memphis charter appeals
On Friday, the Tennessee State Board of Education unanimously rejected the appeals of two charters that sought to open all-girls schools in Memphis next fall.
October 18, 2017
Tennessee State Board to decide fate of two proposed Memphis charter schools
The state board will discuss the recommendation to uphold the local board’s decision tomorrow and vote Friday during its regular quarterly meeting in Knoxville.
Movers & shakers
October 17, 2017
Haslam names three West Tennesseans to State Board of Education
A Memphis real estate executive, a Cordova lawyer and a Decatur County high school student are the newest members.
September 25, 2017
For second straight year, two charter schools denied by Memphis board appeal to the state
Two proposed all-girls schools went before the Tennessee Board of Education last week to plead for the right to open.
August 25, 2017
The early data is in. Tennessee scores dropped for grades 3-8, too.
Calling it a "reset moment," state officials review preliminary TNReady data with the State Board of Education.
August 15, 2017
Tennessee cuts ribbon on its first charter school under State Board of Education
The opening of Green Dot's Bluff City High School marks a major shift in how the charter sector can grow in the state.
July 26, 2017
Fifth-graders will study more Tennessee history to comply with a new state law
The State Board of Education announces how it plans to accommodate the mandate via final revisions to Tennessee's new social studies standards.
May 24, 2017
Every Tennessee teacher will make at least $33,745 under new salary schedule
Some teachers in 46 Tennessee districts will see a pay boost next year after the State Board of Education votes to raise the minimum salary for educators.
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.
Seeking a balance
April 6, 2017
Educators behind Tennessee’s proposed social studies standards say they’ll cover important history and ‘dig deep’
By reducing the number of social studies standards by 14 percent overall, educators charged with revising them hope to give teachers more time to go deep.
March 1, 2017
Haslam’s appointments move toward confirmation to State Board of Education
The Senate Education Committee confirms two appointees from Middle Tennessee and one from Knoxville to Tennessee's top education board.
December 15, 2016
Teacher prep conversation already changing under Tennessee’s new ratings
The user-friendly version aims to provide transparency and understanding about the quality of teacher training programs across the state.
November 16, 2016
Criticized for how they closed troubled charter schools, Memphis leaders have a new plan
The proposal reflects an effort by Tennessee’s largest charter authorizer to respond to state and local cries for clearer rules to guide its oversight of charter schools.
October 14, 2016
Overruling Shelby County Schools, State Board approves new Memphis charter school
Local district leaders in Memphis quickly denounced the decision and stuck by their school board’s unanimous vote in August to deny Green Dot’s application.
October 14, 2016
TNReady scores are down, but GPAs shouldn’t take big hit under phase-in plan
Now that the drop in state test scores is official, Tennessee education leaders have a plan to soften the initial blow to high school students’ GPAs.
October 13, 2016
Here’s a preview of how students fared on Tennessee’s new TNReady test
A month before scores are to be released, state officials offer a glimpse, saying that the results are worse than the previous year, as expected with a new test.
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.
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.
the long view
July 13, 2016
Why this year’s failed TNReady test leaves Tennessee with challenges for years to come
The decision to cancel standardized testing this year will impact the state's accountability system for at least three years.
May 27, 2016
State Board upholds Memphis charter closures but raps Shelby County’s process
After intense discussion, the State Board of Education unanimous backs Shelby County Schools’ decision, but not without criticizing the local district's process.
May 26, 2016
State education board chief backs decisions to close four Memphis charter schools
The chief administrator for the Tennessee State Board of Education recommends upholding school board decisions in Memphis to revoke the charters of four schools.
May 18, 2016
State board showdown highlights feud between Shelby County and charter operators over closure rules
Two charter operators make their case to the Tennessee State Board of Education after Shelby County's school board voted to revoke them based on performance.
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