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Tennessee Department of Education
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.
Rules & Regs
Updated September 19, 2019
Tennessee fast-tracks voucher rules, but concerns resurface about testing accountability
The State Board of Education has given preliminary approval to a gamut of regulations governing the controversial program.
Updated September 16, 2019
Tennessee hits record-high graduation rate in 2019. Find how your school did.
The rate of 89.7% is half a percentage point higher than the previous year.
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.
September 5, 2019
‘Someone needs to be fired,’ says lawmaker about letters sent to Tennessee school parents
Letters being distributed to families in dozens of Tennessee schools are creating a stir among education advocates.
September 3, 2019
State denies Memphis appeal to take Geeter K-8 off watchlist, but the school will remain under local control for now
The state said recent test scores at the Whitehaven school weren’t good enough to warrant less scrutiny.
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.
lists on lists
August 15, 2019
25 Memphis schools named among the top performing in Tennessee
427 schools across 85 Tennessee districts made the state’s 2019 list of “reward schools.”
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.
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.
July 11, 2019
Tennessee governor promises ‘funding will be there’ for early voucher start
The legislature approved $770,000 for startup expenses this year while setting a two-year deadline to enroll students in the program.
July 11, 2019
Schwinn taps deputy with voucher experience to build Tennessee’s program
Amity Schuyler, who became deputy commissioner of Tennessee’s education department in May, is named project manager.
July 10, 2019
Tennessee’s governor wants education voucher program to launch a year ahead of deadline
The controversial new program could begin in the fall of 2020 instead of 2021.
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