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Tennessee Department of Education announces TNReady Changes, Will Recompete Testing Contract

June 14, 2018

Tennessee Department of Education

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced several new steps today to improve the state’s TNReady student assessment, including recompeting the state’s current testing vendor contract.

Additional steps include refining current Questar contract, revising timeline for online testing, engaging more teachers

Additional steps include refining current Questar contract, revising timeline for online testing, engaging more teachers

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Tennessee Department of Education approves New Steps to Reduce Testing

April 12, 2018

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced the approval of recommendations that will reduce student testing in 2018-19.

The recommendations are the first to be released by the state’s third Task Force on Student Testing and Assessment – which includes educators, parents, and education leaders from across the state – and they resulted from months of analysis and discussion, as well as additional surveys of high school teachers and parents. 

For the first time, Tennessee Department of Education eliminates two TNReady exams.

For the first time, Tennessee Department of Education eliminates two TNReady exams.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announces Comprehensive Plan to Transform Principal Leadership in Tennessee Schools

March 21, 2018

The Transforming School Leadership Initiative Leverages Both State and Private Dollars

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen today announced a comprehensive initiative to transform the leadership of Tennessee’s schools by improving the preparation, retention, and development of school principals.

 The Transforming School Leadership initiative leverages both state and private dollars to improve school leader preparation programs, reward and retain individuals effectively leading the state’s lowest performing schools, and provide networking opportunities and support for principals in rural communities.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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TDOE Receives $1.2 Million in Funding to Increase Quality of Early Learning Programs Across the State

January 23, 2018

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced Monday that Tennessee was awarded an additional $1.2 million to further support high-quality early learning programs for classrooms across the state.

This funding is in addition to the nearly $70 million in Preschool Development Grants (PDG) the state received in 2014 to support pre-K expansion and enhancement in Nashville and the Shelby County in disbursements over four years.

Additional funding allows state to build on, assess early learning practices throughout Tennessee.

Additional funding allows state to build on, assess early learning practices throughout Tennessee.

In recent years, Tennessee has worked to ensure early learning programs, such as voluntary pre-K (VPK), provide children with a high-quality opportunity to develop school readiness skills and a strong foundation for learning. These newly awarded funds will allow the state to build on this work through a variety of projects, including a quality assessment of every pre-K classroom in the state.

“We want all of our students ready to succeed in school from day one,” Commissioner McQueen said. “This is why it is important that we work to prepare young children for lifelong learning and support high-quality programs throughout the state. It is especially important that we support strong early learning opportunities for our students with the greatest need, and this additional funding will allow us to better support our youngest learners.”

The new funding will be used to establish or develop the following activities:

  • VPK Director Summit to be held over the summer as an opportunity to support quality improvement work and share best practices
  • Quality assessment of every PDG and VPK classroom in the state to be conducted in the fall, which will give the department a quality measurement using a nationally recognized standardized tool
  • A robust data management system that allows the state to integrate information across multiple platforms
  • Regional communities of practice to support the department’s work with districts
  • Provide additional PDG support in Shelby County and the Achievement School District

As the department continues to make quality improvements to early learning programs, it will continue to partner with districts across the state to measure program quality and to provide strategic professional development and support. Tennessee is currently in year three of the four year disbursement of the initial Preschool Development Grant, which has allowed the state to expand pre-K classrooms in high need communities and to enhance both the quality of instruction in these classrooms and to provide comprehensive services for students and families.

To find out more about early learning programs in Tennessee, visit the department’s website or contact Elizabeth Alves, assistant commissioner of early learning and literacy, at Elizabeth.Alves@tn.gov. For media inquiries, contact Sara Gast, director of communications, at 615.532.6260 or Sara.Gast@tn.gov.

Tennessee Department of Education Releases New State Report Card

January 14, 2018

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen has unveiled the latest version of the state Report Card, which is now available on the department’s website.

This annual snapshot of school, district, and state performance offers users the ability to view multiple achievement and growth measures – in addition to metrics such as student enrollment, HOPE scholarship eligibility, school climate, and many others – in one central location.

Centralized Website Allows Communities to Easily View Data and Achievement of Schools, Districts.

Centralized Website Allows Communities to Easily View Data and Achievement of Schools, Districts.

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Tennessee Department of Education releases Read to be Ready results

October 14, 2017

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of 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. 

Tennessee's Read to be Ready Summer Grant Program Shows Positive Results in Second Year.

Tennessee’s Read to be Ready Summer Grant Program Shows Positive Results in Second Year.

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

October 10, 2017

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – Tennessee 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.

Tennessee School Students earned an average score of 20.1 on the ACT.

Tennessee School Students earned an average score of 20.1 on the ACT.

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Tennessee High School Graduation Rate Reaches Highest Rate on Record

September 15, 2017

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced today that the 2016-17 graduation rate of 89.1 percent is the highest on record for Tennessee.

The statewide graduation rate is up more than half a percentage point since last year, and overall it has increased 3.6 percent since the 2010-11 school year. This year, graduation rates increased in nearly 56 percent of districts with high schools.

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Tennessee High School Students Scores Improve Across All Subjects In Second Year Of New Assessment

July 28, 2017

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen has announced that Tennessee high school students improved across all subject areas – English, math, science, and U.S. history – on the 2016-17 TNReady end-of-course exams.

Thousands of additional students are meeting course expectations compared to last year, and the state reduced the percentage of students scoring at the lowest achievement level across all subject areas.

In 2015- 16, high school students set a new baseline in the first year of TNReady.

In 2015- 16, high school students set a new baseline in the first year of TNReady.

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Education Commissioner Releases Update on State of Education in Tennessee

July 12, 2017

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – Today, Tennessee Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen released an update on the department’s strategic plan, Tennessee Succeeds, providing a snapshot of some of the department’s key work from the past year, progress toward our goals, vision for the work ahead, and picture of the state of education in Tennessee.

Tennessee Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen

Tennessee Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen

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