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How is your school rated on academics and attendance? Use Tennessee’s new report card to find out

by MARTA W. ALDRICH, CAROLINE BAUMAN For the first time, Tennessee families can look up how their neighborhood school is rated when it comes to academic achievement and growth, how often kids are missing school, and whether English learners are making progress learning the language. A revamped state report...

Bill Lee is Tennessee’s next governor. Here’s how he’ll begin to shape education.

A political novice, Republican businessman Bill Lee has defied conventional wisdom to become Tennessee’s next governor. Now he’ll have to show that he can govern, too, over a state that has pioneered education reforms for a decade and climbed national rankings on student achievement. Lee...

How football prepared me for my first year of teaching (but maybe not the second)

By Evan Tucker (via Chalkbeat Tennessee) Football brought me to Memphis, and Memphis brought me to teaching. That’s how, last August, I found myself the solo teacher for seventh grade science at a KIPP middle school in North Memphis that hadn’t had a teacher in that...

How Memphians reacted when an urban schools leader endorsed a Republican candidate for governor

It didn’t take long for consternation to erupt in one of Tennessee’s Democratic bastions after word spread that the school district’s superintendent was endorsing the Republican candidate for governor. PHOTO: Caroline Bauman Superintendent Dorsey Hopson “The truth is the public is concerned about why he is supporting...

Rat invasion sends 800 Memphis students to three nearby schools

by Laura Faith Kebede Kirby High School students are moving to three nearby schools starting Monday, Shelby County Schools leaders announced Monday night. About 800 students in the southeast Memphis school have been out of school for seven days because a rats nest near the school...

At least five educators accused Memphis principal of pressuring to pass students

At least four teachers and a school counselor have accused a Memphis principal of pressuring them to promote or graduate students who were failing, according to Chalkbeat’s review of his personnel file. The teachers said Kingsbury High School Principal Terry Ross told them individually that...

EXCLUSIVE: Did online snafus skew Tennessee test scores? Analysts say not much

An independent analysis of technical problems that disrupted Tennessee’s online testing program this spring is challenging popular opinion that student scores were significantly tainted as a result. Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said Wednesday that the disruptions to computerized testing had “small to no impact” on...

If teachers aren’t equipped to help trauma victims, students suffer. Learn from my story.

By Candace Hines, via Chalkbeat Tennessee It took one of my kindergarten students, Andrew, to help me figure out how to handle my toughest teaching challenge. My classroom wall was full of pictures that Andrew had drawn for me. He often greeted me at the door...

Tennessee lawmakers call for McQueen’s resignation, scrapping TNReady over more testing failures

As Tennessee education officials responded to a potentially “deliberate attack” on the state’s online test, Democrats called for the resignation of the state’s top education official, while a Republican lawmaker said he would move to scrap the exam completely. House Democrats issued their rebuke on...

Here’s the list of Tennessee school districts choosing to test younger students online this year

About 40 percent of Tennessee’s school systems are opting to expand online testing beyond high schoolers this month when they begin administering the state’s standardized test. For the first time, all high school students will take TNReady online when the three-week testing window opens on...