Tennessee

Tennessee’s Getting “Creative” on School Ratings

Marta W. Aldrich reports for Chalkbeat that Tennessee’s “plan to start grading its schools this year has taken a big detour,” thanks partially to recent online testing issues that “forced officials to toss out a new A-F grading system.” The state will now “rate each...

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Tennessee’s “Assessment Woes” a Potential Test for DeVos?

Alyson Klein also reports for Education Week that state lawmakers’ recent decision to give districts permission to “essentially toss this year’s assessment scores” because of major technical glitches could provide an “early gauge” of how flexible U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos intends to be...

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ESSA Driving Focus on Career and Technical Ed?

Meghan Mangrum reports in the Chattanooga Times Free Press that as districts in Tennessee and across the Southeast “seek to improve student achievement and states roll out plans” to comply with ESSA, “many of them have quietly—and not so quietly—moved toward enhancing career and technical...

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Student Attendance Takes on Greater Weight

In Tennessee, 10 percent of a school’s grade under the state’s new ESSA accountability system “will be based on the percentage of students who are chronically absent.” This figure “is based on the number of students who miss at least 18 days—10 percent of the...

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State Plan Submissions and Drafts

Approved State Plans Alabama: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Alaska: Final Plan Approved (5/16/18) Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Arkansas: Final Plan Approved (1/16/18) Colorado: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Connecticut: Final Plan Approved (8/15/17) Delaware: Final Plan Approved (8/2/17) District of Columbia: Final Plan Approved (8/28/17) Georgia:...

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Dept. of Ed Approves 4 State ESSA Plans

The Dept. of Education approved four state ESSA plans – the District of Columbia, Illinois, Oregon, and Tennessee. “As more and more state plans come under the department’s review, I am heartened to see how states have embraced the spirit of flexibility under ESSA to...

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TN Utilizes Personalized Learning in ESSA Plan

Doug Mesecar, an adjunct scholar at the Lexington Institute, authored an opinion piece on ways Tennessee is utilizing personalized learning in the state’s ESSA plan. He highlights Tennessee’s use of blended learning for Algebra I, predictive analytics, teacher micro-credentialing, and competency-based education.

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