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

 

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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Nearly 70,000 Tennessee Public School Students Eligible for Second Statewide ACT Retake Day

 

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced today that the state is expanding its ACT Senior Retake Day to all Tennessee public high school students in the class of 2018, totaling nearly 70,000 students.

In addition, the department is making it easier for public school seniors to retake the ACT this fall by offering this second opportunity during the school day in students’ own schools.

Education Regional Partnerships Double Across the State

Education Regional Partnerships Double Across the State

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Tennessee Department of Department Highlights Successful Practices that Help Students Catch Up in Early Grades

 

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Education released a report that analyzes the outcomes at schools that implemented a statewide model focused on addressing students’ individual learning needs, called Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI2).

Most notably, the report identifies what strategies have been used by schools that helped a high percentage of their non-proficient third grade students move to proficiency in English language arts and math between the 2013 and 2015 school years.

Tennessee Department of Education report shows Response to Instruction and Intervention program helps address individual students needs.

Tennessee Department of Education report shows Response to Instruction and Intervention program helps address individual students needs.

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Tennessee Department of Education Reduces Testing Time by 30 Percent

 

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced significant changes to state assessments that respond to feedback from educators, parents, and students—including eliminating Part I in all subjects, restructuring the test to better fit within the school day and year, and reducing overall testing time.

The changes come as the department finalizes its contract with Questar, the primary vendor for the 2016-17 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP).

Tennessee Department of Education restructures tests to better fit within the school day and year, and reducing overall testing time.

Tennessee Department of Education restructures tests to better fit within the school day and year, and reducing overall testing time.

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Tennessee Department of Education Suspends Grade 3-8 Testing Due to Vendor’s Inability to Deliver Materials

 

Statewide Assessment Contract Terminated

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced today the department will terminate its statewide testing contract with Measurement Inc., effective immediately.

While high school testing will continue as planned, the state will suspend grade 3-8 testing during the 2015-16 school year due to Measurement Inc.’s inability to deliver all testing materials.

3-8 grade testing suspended for the 2015-16 school year.

3-8 grade testing suspended for the 2015-16 school year.

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Dreams and Bones are what we’re made of

 

TeachersClarksville, TN – David Mallet is a folk singer and song writer whose name you may or may not know. Originally from Maine, he lived in Nashville for many years but returned to his home state in 1997. His signature theme is called “Garden Song” and contains the line, “We are made of dreams and bones.” Somehow this describes the human condition as only a poet can.

When educating a child, one has to always keep in mind the dual side of our existence on this planet. It’s not uncommon when you are working diligently on some concept to be interrupted by a kindergartener or first grader who claims dramatically that he is bleeding and be shown a pinprick at the end of a tiny finger. The intellect and physical life of a child are always interconnected.

Education curriculum needs to go back to the basics.

Education curriculum needs to go back to the basics.

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Tennessee Board of Regents Co-Requisite Remediation Model Produces Giant Leaps in Student Success in Math and English

 

Tennessee Board of RegentsNashville, TN – A new approach to remediation is dramatically increasing the number of students successfully completing their first college-level English and math courses at colleges and universities in the Tennessee Board of Regents system.

Known as a “co-requisite” approach, the new model places students in supplemental learning support classes while also enrolling them in their first credit-bearing courses. In a 2014 pilot program conducted at nine of the state’s 13 community colleges, the system saw completion rates for college math jump from 12 percent to 61 percent, and from 31 to 64 percent for English.

Tennessee Board of Regents new approach to remediation increases Student Success in Math and English

Tennessee Board of Regents new approach to remediation increases Student Success in Math and English

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Clarksville Police Department Assisted West Creek High School in The Freshman Challenge

 

Clarksville Police Department - CPDClarksville, TN – During this week (October 19th, 2015-October 23rd, 2015), Officers from the Clarksville Police Department’s Traffic Unit have been assisting West Creek High School Academy of Criminal Justice and Homeland Security in an event called The Freshman Challenge.

The Freshman Challenge at WCHS: The WCHS students started the week by working a (simulated) vehicle incident.

Clarksville Police help West Creek High School Academy of Criminal Justice and Homeland Security learn criminal justice in real world situations.

Clarksville Police help West Creek High School Academy of Criminal Justice and Homeland Security learn criminal justice in real world situations.

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Clarksville’s Hazelwood Elementary School Selected as State Nominee for National Title 1 School

 

Clarksville-Montgomery County School System - CMCSSClarksville, TN – Hazelwood Elementary School has been nominated by the state for the National Title I Distinguished School Award for sustained student achievement.

The National Title I Distinguished Schools Program is a project of the National Title I Association, established to publicly recognize qualifying Title I schools for the outstanding academic achievements of their students.

Hazelwood nominated by the state for the National Title I Distinguished School Award.

Hazelwood nominated by the state for the National Title I Distinguished School Award.

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Alley Poet’s Pen: “Never Too Late”

 

Alley Poet's Pen - Sandee GertzNashville, TN – “Never Too Late…” (For an MFA)

Many people wonder what it’s like to go back to school later in life to do something they were meant to do (or should have done) a long time ago. Some people dream of a long-forgotten talent being awakened, a paintbrush being lifted back up to a canvas, or delving into studies for an advanced degree in a field they’re passionate about. Thankfully, in 2010, I found out what this is like.

In my case, passion was about picking up a pen. Looking into a blank page without fear—or most often into a computer screen.

Wilkes University Cohort Members at MFA Graduation

Wilkes University Cohort Members at MFA Graduation

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