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Testing and School Board Races in Tennessee

Last week saw an announcement by the Tennessee Department of Education that testing time for 2016-17 will be reduced. This came on the heels of the selection of a new testing vendor for the state. Also, school board races in Nashville are heating up, with outside spending playing a key role. Oh, and incumbent Amy […]

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A Charter Conference and More Testing Trouble in TN

The National Charter Schools Conference visited Nashville last week and discussed advancing the movement. In a post at Tennessee Education Report I write about what wasn’t discussed: The point is this: The Tennessee ASD is hardly a success story. It’s a great story of PR spin and fun cocktail parties, but the actual results are […]

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5th Graders Offer TNReady Suggestions

A group of 5th grade students in Chattanooga offered suggestions on how to improve Tennessee’s failed TNReady test: The report was 14 pages and was mailed to Governor Bill Haslam in an attempt to influence the state’s decisions on testing going forward. This project, by the way, is exactly the type of project-based learning that […]

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Of Puzzles and Fuzzy Math

Last week in Tennessee education saw TC Weber calling on the Department of Education to trade-in its testing strategy for a new, more effective model. Then, Amy Frogge offered some insightful commentary on the high cost of school board races, even in Nashville. Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen announced she’s going on a summer tour. […]

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Pearson Saves the Day and TN Comes to Expect Failure

Last week, Tennessee reunited with an old friend, testing vendor Pearson. The company was awarded an emergency contract in the amount of $18.5 million to grade TNReady tests from this year. Already, some are questioning the wisdom of this arrangement. As graduation ceremonies take place across Tennessee, the state is also starting a new tradition: […]

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A New Director and some VAM Bias

Last week, Metro Nashville Public Schools hired a new Director, Shawn Joseph. Also, some careful analysis of a recent study by the Tennessee Department of Education on “effective teaching” reveals some bias in the way the state’s value-added scores are distributed. Specifically: The study used TVAAS scores alone to determine a student’s access to “effective […]

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Money and Testing in Tennessee

Last week, I wrote about one district in Tennessee where the Director of Schools was fighting the state over the annual End of Course Tests after the shift to a new testing regimen ended in a disaster. Ultimately, the decision was made to resume the tests due to the threat of a $3 million fine […]

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More Testing Troubles for Tennessee

Last week was a very bad one for the new TNReady test in Tennessee. Here’s what I wrote about it: First, the state’s testing vendor, Measurement Inc. said the delays and challenges were not their fault. Then, correspondence between a Director of Schools and Education Commissioner Candice McQueen revealed some serious concerns about the test […]

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Testing Trouble in Tennessee

Last week was a very bad week for the new TNReady test in Tennessee. First, the state’s Achievement School District announced it won’t take over any additional schools next year due to the transition to TNReady this year. Then, on Thursday, the state revealed that tests had not arrived at many districts across the state — […]

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Healthcare, Housing, and more…

This week, I wrote about affordable housing in Nashville — both efforts to expand access and efforts to thwart expansion of affordable housing mandates. I also wrote about Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell’s joke of a task force on access to healthcare. On the education front, I wrote about Phase II of TNReady and efforts […]

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