• Tennessee Celebrates 2017 Reward Schools

    Friday, October 20, 2017 | 1:31pm

    Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced Tennessee's 2017 Reward schools today, which include the top 5 percent of schools for academic achievement and the top 5 percent for student growth. These 169 schools span 60 districts across Tennessee.

    "These schools represent what is possible for students in Tennessee as they exemplify excellence in performance or progress and in some cases, both," Commissioner McQueen said. "We want to replicate this success across the state and continue to celebrate the hard work of our educators and students happening in classrooms every day."

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  • Tennessee Releases Complete 2017 District and School TNReady Results

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 | 7:46am

    Education Commissioner Candice McQueen released all of the 2017 district- and school-level TNReady results today (link), highlighting that high school students showed across-the-board growth in all subject areas. All TNReady results have been finalized for the 0.1% of assessments where the performance level changed due to scoring issues.

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  • Tennessee Names 2017-18 Principal, District Supervisor of the Year

    Monday, October 16, 2017 | 8:00pm

    A Hamilton County high school principal and a Sevier County supervisor have earned top honors for their work in Tennessee education.

    Robin Copp, principal of Ooltewah High School in the Hamilton County Department of Education, was named Tennessee's 2017-18 Principal of the Year. Though this is her second year at Ooltewah High School, Copp has served in school administration for 12 years. No matter the grade level, she believes in creating student-centered schools, which are first and foremost focused on teaching and learning. To support this model, Copp has instituted a professional learning framework to support the educators at her school and further develop them as teacher leaders.

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  • Read to be Ready Summer Grant Program Shows Positive Results in Second Year

    Thursday, October 12, 2017 | 12:07pm

    Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced the results from the second year of the Read to be Ready Summer Grant Program, which provides funding to educators to lead tuition-free, literacy-focused summer camps for students in need across the state. In 2017, about 8,000 rising first, second, and third grade students—7,500 more students than last summer—gained critical reading skills and increased in their motivation to read. 

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  • Tennessee Public School Students Set New Record with ACT Average Score of 20.1

    Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | 9:00am

    Education Department Commissioner Candice McQueen today announced that Tennessee public school students have crossed a new threshold, earning an average composite score of 20.1 on the ACT. Tennessee public high school students improved from the 2016 average of 19.9, with more than 3,500 additional students taking the exam this year. The results also show that about 1,800 more Tennessee public school graduates became eligible for the HOPE scholarship by earning composite scores of 21 or higher.

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  • Tennessee Elementary and Middle School Students Set New Baseline with TNReady Results

    Wednesday, October 04, 2017 | 9:23am

    Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced TNReady results for students in grades 3-8 today, following an extended scoring and review process led by Tennessee educators. With these results, elementary and middle school students have set a new baseline for future growth, now aligned with our high school reset last year, based on the Tennessee academic standards that will better ensure all students are on track for the next step in their education journey.

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  • Tennessee Announces 2017-18 Teacher of the Year

    Friday, September 29, 2017 | 7:51am

    A Metro Nashville Public Schools teacher known for her communication and leadership skills was named the 2017-18 Tennessee Teacher of the Year during the annual honorary banquet on Thursday night.

    Cicely Woodard, an eighth-grade mathematics teacher at West End Middle School in Nashville, is the recipient of this year's top honor. Woodard has been teaching for 13 years in Tennessee and, in addition to serving in many leadership roles within her school and district, she has also served as an adjunct instructor at Vanderbilt University's Peabody College, from which she holds a master's degree.

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  • Tennessee School Districts Show Improvement in Second Year of TNReady EOC Results

    Wednesday, August 30, 2017 | 7:59am

    Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced the district-level end-of-course results from the second year of TNReady today, noting that 102 districts – more than three-fourths of districts with high schools – increased the percent of students now scoring on track or mastered in high school English, and 61 districts showed an increase in students who are meeting course expectations in high school math.

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  • Tennessee Department of Education Awards Grants for Innovation in Educator Preparation

    Thursday, August 24, 2017 | 9:29am

    Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced today that four educator preparation providers (EPPs) have been awarded a total of $200,000 in grants to design new strategies that will support the development of a diverse educator workforce, increase production of educators in high-demand licensure areas, and promote collaboration to improve educator preparation in literacy.

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