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Help Me, Help You: Districts Network Together to Solve Common Challenges

With the recent launch of the Read to be Ready campaign in Tennessee, there’s been a lot of buzz around the challenge we face with early literacy and what can be done to improve outcomes for our students. Each year in Tennessee schools, more than half of our students complete third grade without becoming proficient readers. The …

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“My teacher inspired me to…” 2016 Essay Contest Now Open!

We are excited to announce the Tennessee Department of Education is launching our third annual student essay competition. We know that the most meaningful thank you’s come from the students who once sat in your classroom. We were blown away by the 2,000 Tennessee students that shared their stories last year, and cannot wait to …

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Introducing the Inaugural Parent Advisory Council

We’re proud to introduce the members of our 2016 Parent Advisory Council. The council will effectively engage parents with leaders at the Tennessee Department of Education, as we work together to support our students. Members will collect and share feedback on current issues in education, district implementation of state policy, and the department’s parent communications strategies. Additionally, council members will share …

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Malika Anderson Superintendent

Malika Anderson was elected as the superintendent of Tennessee’s Achievement School District (ASD) and she’ll start her job in January of 2016. Previously, she worked as the director of school turnaround for District of Columbia Public Schools and was employed by the ASD’s deputy superintendent.

Highlights from the Tennessee Educator Survey

Last week the Department of Education released its results from the 2015 Tennessee Educator Survey, and we are excited to report that this year more educators than ever participated.  For the past three years, the department has collaborated with Vanderbilt University to deliver a survey to all Tennessee teachers and administrators.  This survey helps to …

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100 TN Students Earn Perfect Score on 2014 Writing Assessment

Because writing is essential to our students’ success in college and career, we are excited to celebrate the 100 students across the state of Tennessee who earned a perfect score on the 2014 TCAP Writing Assessment administered last February. These students earned a level 4 score in all reporting categories of the writing assessment. The …

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