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Achievement School District
August 15, 2019
As Tennessee’s turnaround district enters its eighth school year, scores remain stubbornly low
Only 3.4% of high schoolers in the Achievement School District met the state’s proficiency standards on this year’s math and English exams.
July 29, 2019
In a reversal, Memphis charter network to stay with Tennessee’s state district (for now)
Three weeks after a Memphis charter announced it would pull its school from the state-run Achievement District, officials say they've reached a temporary agreement.
in the room
July 25, 2019
Tennessee asked national education leaders how the state should fix its turnaround district. Here’s what they said.
Education leaders from across the country – whose work is driven by the belief that low-performing schools can be turned around – had some advice for Tennessee.
July 24, 2019
Ten new schools will open in Memphis this academic year, five have closed
This is the second consecutive year in which more charter schools than traditional district schools have shuttered.
Evolution of the ASD
July 23, 2019
Schwinn: No new schools will enter Tennessee’s turnaround district this year, but some may leave
Big changes will be coming to Tennessee’s Achievement School District within the next few months, the state’s education chief Penny Schwinn told Chalkbeat.
July 16, 2019
Tennessee school turnaround models either haven’t worked or are stalling out, new research finds
“We feel confident at this point saying that the strategy followed for the ASD hasn’t produced positive results for students we’d hoped to see,” said one researcher.
July 12, 2019
As Tennessee gives its turnaround district a hard look, fates of other takeover districts show struggles aren’t unique
Seven years later, Tennessee’s achievement district has not seen large gains. Nevada closed its turnaround district, and the other two states are struggling to launch.
July 3, 2019
For the first time, a Memphis charter network leaves state district for local oversight
The move by Freedom Preparatory Academy rolls back the 2014 state takeover of the Westwood school.
July 2, 2019
Tennessee’s summer reading camps are popular, getting results — and in peril
Federal funding has dried up for the popular program now serving 9,000 students in two-thirds of the state's school districts.
June 27, 2019
As state Supreme Court declines to hear case, Memphis shares student contact information with charter schools while Nashville seeks options
The decision affects Memphis, where school leaders also defied the state's order to hand over student data.
June 21, 2019
Hands-on learning drives teachers and students at the only Montessori school in Tennessee’s turnaround district
At a time when many educators are focused on facts, metrics and standards, Montessori schools are focused on hands-on practice.
June 18, 2019
‘We have to get this right’: With Sharon Griffin out, achievement district seeks consistency, communication
Sharon Griffin will be replaced on an interim basis by two current Achievement School DIstrict leaders.
June 17, 2019
Under growing tension, heralded turnaround leader Sharon Griffin resigns as head of achievement district
A year after Sharon Griffin’s ascension into leadership of Tennessee’s embattled turnaround district drew widespread praise – and after months of tension.
June 7, 2019
Here’s the No. 1 concern that Tennessee’s new education chief heard during her statewide listening tour
Four months into her job, Penny Schwinn says one theme keeps emerging in her visits to classrooms and discussions with educators and stakeholders.
June 5, 2019
High-profile principal is among reshuffling at the Achievement School District
The leader of Tennessee’s turnaround district’s highest-performing school is heading to a new position this summer, a year after the fourth superintendent change.
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