Rise & Shine: The report card is in for Tennessee grade-schoolers. It’s not good, but it’s expected.

SCORES IN Most of Tennessee’s elementary and middle school students are lagging in English and math, many significantly, according to statewide scores released this week after a two-year gap in testing. Chalkbeat, The Tennessean, Times Free Press

LITERACY GAP How two Nashville schools are worlds apart in getting kids to read. The Tennessean

Two out of every three Nashville children exit third grade off-track in literacy. Nashville city leaders promise to double that rate. The Tennessean

COUNTY MAYOR Vowing to focus on the underlying issues of poverty and education, Tennessee Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris announces his entrance into the turbulent 2018 Shelby County mayor’s race. The Commercial Appeal

SORTING STUDENTS A look at one Shelby County high school, which separates students by gender.WMC

NEW SCHOOLS Maury County moves forward on a $65 million bond to finance the construction of new middle and elementary schools in Spring Hill. The Daily Herald

PROMISE FORWARD Chattanooga State Community College will accept more Tennessee promise students after receiving a $200,000 grant. The Chattanoogan

LEAVING A MARK Foothills Elementary is highlighted for this year’s theme of “Make a difference.” The Daily Times

PHOTO GALLERY Hamilton County celebrates International Walk to School day. Times Free Press