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Education Players in Tennessee

From Tennessee Education Report: A brief rundown of groups focused on education policy in Tennessee and their legislative priorities. Note that a majority of these groups (representing teachers, school superintendents, and parents) oppose a voucher scheme supported by Tennessee’s Governor Bill Haslam and many in the General Assembly. For more on education policy in the states, follow […]

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A TREE Growing in Tennessee

From Tennessee Education Report: A new advocacy group focused on countering corporate education reformers in Tennessee announced its formation this week. Calling itself TREE (Tennesseans Reclaiming Educational Excellence), the group is focused on advocating for quality investment in schools, accountability and transparency in the education system, and local control of schools. READ MORE>  

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Tennessee Teacher Evaluations

From Tennessee Education Report: Like Tennessee, Kentucky has a new teacher evaluation model — The Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES). Similar to reforms in Tennessee, the new model uses multiple measures to evaluate teachers, including classroom observation and student growth. Unlike Tennessee, Kentucky has rolled out it’s new evaluation in phases, improving it along […]

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Teacher Pay: You Can’t Buy Groceries with Gratitude

This article originally appeared in TREND, the digital magazine of Professional Educators of Tennessee. Recently, Tennessee posted impressive gains on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).  In fact, over the past two years, Tennessee had the highest gains of any state in the nation in reading and math.  That’s right. Tennessee is first in […]

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Tale of the NAEP

From the Nashville Scene: Tennessee posts encouraging results on a national education test, but still has a long way to go A version of a story I wrote for Tennessee Education Report on the recently released NAEP results and what they mean (and don’t mean) for Tennessee.

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War on Teachers?

“I’ve been in Tennessee 13 years, and I’ve not seen a situation like in Knox County,” says Andy Spears, a Nashville policy consultant who also blogs about education in the state. “If I were in the administration, I would be concerned.” Read more

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The Pitfalls of Value-Added Data

A version of this post first appeared in Tennessee Education Report. Valerie Strauss has an interesting piece over at the Washington Post dealing with Value-Added Modeling.  More specifically, the post analyzes what can be learned from 20 years of the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) implemented as a result of the Education Improvement Act — the […]

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It takes a community …

A lot of the talk in education reform focuses on teacher quality as the key factor to influence in order to impact student achievement.  While teacher quality is important, and other school-based factors also play a role, it is also important to realize that 50% of the factors that determine whether or not a child […]

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What Tennessee Can Learn from Kentucky

So, yesterday’s event in Nashville featuring Sen. Lamar Alexander and Sen. Rand Paul got me thinking about the two states, education policy, and how Tennessee still has a lot to learn.  I wrote more about it here.

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Tennessee Education Policy

Since January of this year, I’ve been writing about Education Policy in Tennessee over at Tennessee Education Report. Here, I offer a summary of those writings as they make up a foundation for understanding the current education policy climate in Tennessee. First, a little bit about the Common Core.  Unfortunately, these standards have become somewhat […]

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