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Greetings from Commissioner Penny Schwinn

By Dr. Penny Schwinn, Tennessee Commissioner of Education I am so grateful to be in Tennessee. Over the last decade, the country learned about the transformative work happening in Tennessee schools. The progress that has been made and sustained is impressive and motivating, and I am proud to build upon this nationally recognized education foundation …

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Tennessee’s evaluation system is a model for the nation

A new report out today reinforces what many other researchers have found to be true: Tennessee’s teachers are improving more (and more rapidly) each year as a result of our teacher evaluation model and support. Today, Tennessee is called out as a model for the country in a report by the National Council of Teacher Quality, following …

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Educators have spoken: What we teach and how we teach go hand-in-hand

Read to be Ready, a series of statewide initiatives, has focused attention on the need to improve literacy instruction in the early years. Teachers play a critical part of leading this work as they focus on building students’ foundational skills while also improving students’ vocabulary and comprehension within the context of meaningful and interesting texts …

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How We Will Continue to Create Opportunities for Students in 2017-18

I have never been more proud to be a part of Tennessee’s work in education. Over the past year, with the support of our districts, educators, families, advocates, business leaders, elected officials, and higher education partners, we have made incredible strides in strengthening our K-12 education system. I am confident that our collective efforts will …

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ESSA feedback is leading to positive changes and supporting Tennessee’s future success

Over the past year, we have been working to draft our state plan to transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and build on the work we’ve started in partnership with our school districts through our strategic plan, Tennessee Succeeds. In December, the department released our draft ESSA state plan that incorporated much of …

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Listening and Learning from Students on the Classroom Chronicles Tour

Students often have the best ideas about what they need individually to be successful in life after high school. So this year, I’m spending more time listening to them. During my first year in office, I met with more than 10,000 educators across the state as part of my Classroom Chronicles tour. (You can read …

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Commissioner McQueen to Parents: Important TNReady Updates

Dear parents, Earlier today, I announced that the department is terminating its statewide assessment contract with Measurement Inc., effective immediately. The state awarded Measurement, Inc. a contract in November 2014 to provide an online testing platform with a paper and pencil backup. Not only did Measurement, Inc. fail to deliver a reliable online platform for …

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Commissioners McQueen Educators Take Full Responsibility

In her most explicit admission of her department’s role in last week’s online testing fiasco, Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen has apologized to state lawmakers and accepted responsibility for the failed transition to online testing this school year. She also says last week’s “difficult decision” to scrap the switch to online testing on the first day of …

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