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Declaring ‘no confidence’ in TNReady, Memphis and Nashville superintendents call for pause in state testing

The leaders of Tennessee’s two largest school districts are asking outgoing Gov. Bill Haslam to pause state testing indefinitely to let the next administration address a bevy of problems with the assessment. In a letter sent Monday afternoon, Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson and...

Here’s how Lee, Dean compare on education in the race to be Tennessee’s next governor

The two candidates left in the race to succeed Gov. Bill Haslam agree that teachers should get more pay, state testing should be reviewed, and a college degree isn’t for everyone as Tennessee seeks to equip students for the jobs of tomorrow. But their priorities...

Tennessee approves first-ever computer science standards for K-8 schools

With regional jobs related to computer science going unfilled, Tennessee soon will introduce academic standards designed specifically to strengthen those skills beginning in elementary school. The state Board of Education gave final approval Friday to Tennessee’s first-ever computer science standards for elementary and middle schools....

Tennessee will release TNReady test scores on Thursday. Here are five things to know.

When Tennessee unveils its latest standardized test scores on Thursday, the results won’t count for much. Technical problems marred the return to statewide online testing this spring, prompting the passage of several emergency state laws that rendered this year’s TNReady scores mostly inconsequential. As a...

Here’s how Tennessee’s Republican candidates for governor answer the big questions on education

Four main GOP candidates are campaigning to succeed fellow Republican Bill Haslam as governor, but first they must defeat each other in the 2018 primary election. The Republican nominee will be chosen on Aug. 2, with early voting July 13-28. The winner will square off...

Here’s where Tennessee’s Democratic candidates for governor stand on education

Two candidates are squaring off to be the Democratic nominee for governor of Tennessee. Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and state Rep. Craig Fitzhugh of Ripley will compete for the chance to face one of four Republican candidates in November's general election. They hope to...

With A-F grades off the table, Tennessee gets creative about rating its schools under federal law

Tennessee’s plan to start grading its schools this year has taken a big detour. Days of online testing problems this spring forced officials to toss out a new A-F grading system, under development for more than a year as part of Tennessee’s sweeping plan to...

From an ‘F’ to an ‘A’, Tennessee now sets high expectations for students, says Harvard study

Criticized for setting low expectations for students just a decade ago, Tennessee has dramatically raised the bar for standards that now rank among the top in the nation, according to a new analysis from Harvard University. The state earned an “A” for its 2017 proficiency...

By getting testing wrong again, Tennessee could undo what it may be getting right

After languishing for decades, Tennessee is now considered a pioneer in education improvement circles, while its standing on national tests has risen from the bottom to the middle of the pack over the last decade. Quick to embrace higher academic standards, the state also explored...

Tennessee wants to step up its game on STEM education, starting with these 15 schools

While STEM has become a popular buzzword in education, Tennessee is seeking to recognize schools that are exemplary in teaching students about science, technology, engineering, and math. Education Commissioner Candice McQueen on Tuesday announced the first crop of 15 schools to earn the state’s new...