Sunday, October 17, 2021

Marta W. Aldrich, Chalkbeat Tennessee

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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...

Does Tennessee’s emergency response to testing problems conflict with federal ed law? Stay tuned.

The trouble with developing an emergency exit plan in the midst of a fire is that it’s hard to think through all the details. That’s how some are describing the recent flurry of lawmaking in Tennessee, where lawmakers passed two pieces of emergency legislation last...

‘I do not plan to resign,’ says state education commissioner

Candice McQueen adamantly told state lawmakers Wednesday that she will not step down as Tennessee’s education commissioner over the state’s bungling of standardized tests for a third straight year. One day after House Democrats called for the embattled leader to resign, McQueen reported that students...

Two years after massive testing snafus, Tennessee will test more students online than ever

Tennessee has been slow-walking its schools into online testing ever since a wholesale switch in 2016 went bust. Now in its third year of the TNReady era, the state will test more students digitally this spring than ever before. And partly because of the...