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October 7, 2019
Some schools may exit Tennessee’s struggling turnaround district next year. But who will run them?
Because schools have never exited the Achievement School District for local control, no one is exactly sure how that should happen — not even state officials.
September 27, 2019
Pearson is ramping up as Tennessee’s new testing company. Here’s how.
Leaders with Pearson Inc. have criss-crossed Tennessee for the last month as the testing giant takes over the job of managing standardized testing.
September 23, 2019
Schwinn retreats — for now — from changing how Tennessee judges its schools
Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn says she is backing off from pursuing changes to the way Tennessee judges its public schools this school year.
September 19, 2019
Before making big changes, Tennessee plans six community hearings on the future of school turnaround
A national search for a new leader of the Achievement School District won’t begin until after these sessions and any subsequent changes to the district.
Updated September 13, 2019
Tennessee lawmakers tell education chief to slow down on school accountability changes
Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn wants to change the way the state judges its public schools.
September 10, 2019
A renewed debate in Tennessee: Should schools be judged by how much students know, or how much they grow?
Commissioner Penny Schwinn's agenda may include changes to how Tennessee schools are evaluated.
August 27, 2019
Here’s how two Nashville state-run schools are tackling teacher turnover, low student performance
LEAD Public Schools has significantly changed the way it runs its Achievement School District schools over the last two years.
August 22, 2019
One in three Tennessee teachers wants to leave the profession, survey says
Results from the latest Tennessee Educator Survey are both encouraging and troubling as fewer candidates pursue the teaching profession.
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.
August 14, 2019
Six things to know about Tennessee’s TNReady scores coming out this week
Tennessee is set to release results of its annual tests for public school students on Thursday, marking the fourth year of scores in the era known as TNReady.
Back to school
August 12, 2019
What you should know as the 2019 Tennessee school year begins
Now that summer break is officially over for Tennessee, we have a little bit of homework for you. Catch up on three of the big stories affecting local schools.
July 30, 2019
Tennessee will wait another year to grade its schools A-F
The delay gives another reprieve for low-performing schools in the state’s bottom 5 percent, most of which are in Memphis and Nashville.
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.
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.
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