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August 10, 2018
How do you improve schools? Start by coaching principals, says new study
To develop teachers, principals needing coaching too, says a new study by Vanderbilt University and Mathematica Policy Research.
June 19, 2018
After five years, the Tennessee-run district isn’t performing any better than low-performing schools receiving no intervention, research says
The study compares Tennessee's state-run district with other and found that average test scores “before and after the reform is no different from the difference during the same period for comparison schools.”
May 3, 2018
Tennessee continues funding for 900 free pre-K classrooms. How many will be in your district?
Tennessee will dole out $86 million in state funding next school year to maintain more than 900 free preschool classrooms. The awards, announced Thursday by…
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.
January 24, 2018
Six things we heard during Tennessee’s first gubernatorial forum on education
Tennessee voters got their first good look at most candidates for governor during an education forum televised statewide.
December 5, 2017
Memphis mayor endorses pre-K investments as City Council plans vote
The council will vote soon on whether to commit the city to coming up with at least $8 million to fill an impending gap in pre-K funding.
April 18, 2017
McQueen wants to prevent non-tested early grades from becoming a dumping ground for weaker teachers
Tennessee's education commissioner says a new teacher evaluation system for lower grades should help strengthen the quality of the state's early instruction.
April 12, 2017
Teacher merit pay has merit when it comes to student scores, analysis shows
After years of conflicting studies about whether teacher incentive pay improves student performance, a Vanderbilt University analysis offers a conclusion — and suggestions.
February 27, 2017
Tennessee’s pre-K wasn’t working, a 2015 study found. Now the state is putting new focus on teaching.
Catalyzed by a landmark study showing its public prekindergarten programs are ineffective, the Tennessee Department of Education is overhauling its program.
February 9, 2017
Memphis is about to open a major pre-K center. Advocates hope it’s just the start.
Porter-Leath’s new Early Childhood Academy will open Friday as the first of its kind in Memphis.
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 16, 2016
North Carolina just countered Tennessee’s findings on pre-K fadeout. Here’s the difference, according to researchers.
A year after a Vanderbilt study revealed weaknesses in public pre-K, a North Carolina study suggests public pre-K can work, at a cost.
October 27, 2016
Fifty years after landmark Coleman report, does diversity in schools still matter?
Diversity in schools still matters, perhaps more than ever, according to a panel of experts convened by Vanderbilt University.
October 26, 2016
Spending more on pre-K doesn’t guarantee success, say Vanderbilt researchers
Researchers at Vanderbilt University are using Tennessee as a cautionary tale for the rest of the nation to pause before expanding pre-kindergarten programs.
October 6, 2016
Alternatively trained teachers quit more quickly — but not in Tennessee
Tennessee teachers that come to the classroom through alternative preparation programs are bucking a nationwide trend by sticking around.
March 21, 2016
Six months after sobering study, bill to up pre-K quality heads to governor’s desk
State lawmakers unanimously pass a bill designed to make pre-K classrooms stronger.
January 19, 2016
Study finds racial discrimination in school gifted programs
Black students are far less likely to be placed in gifted programs, even with the same test scores as their white peers and especially if their teacher is white, say researchers.
November 18, 2015
Power of pre-K gets boost from new report countering Vanderbilt study
States should raise the quality of pre-K programs and make early childhood development a priority, says a new report by leaders of the Southern Regional Education Board.
October 23, 2015
Landmark study sparks question: Do preschool effects stick in Colorado but not in Tennessee?
Early childhood leaders here say a major study that raised doubts about preschool's effectiveness quality but doesn't match Colorado data on the topic.
October 7, 2015
New study will examine role of teacher evaluation in student improvement
An upcoming study from Vanderbilt University's Peabody College of Education is funded by a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
September 14, 2015
Study: Middle school students want recognition, not money
Vanderbilt University researchers studying student incentives are surprised that middle school students are more motivated by certificates than money.
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August 25, 2015
New TNReady test will be harder to ‘game,’ say education officials
Test-taking tips, such as "when in doubt, guess C," soon will be obsolete in Tennessee, at least when it comes to the state's end-of-year standardized assessments.
June 23, 2014
Teacher retention bonuses paid off, says new Vanderbilt study
High-performing teachers who received $5,000 retention bonuses were more likely to stay in schools ranked in the bottom five percent in the state, according…
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