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New Report Outlines Innovative Steps for Creating Transformational Leadership Pipelines in Tennessee

 

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Education is releasing a new report from the state’s Transformational Leadership Advisory Council, which recognized the importance of developing school leaders as a critical lever for supporting student achievement.

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen convened the advisory council in October 2015, and it included representatives from the state, advocacy organizations, national stakeholders, higher education, and school districts.

Support the development, expansion, and evaluation of regional providers that focus on innovative leader development models in Tennessee

Support the development, expansion, and evaluation of regional providers that focus on innovative leader development models in Tennessee

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Nearly 1,300 More Tennessee Students Eligible for the HOPE Scholarship

 

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced that newly released data from ACT show that nearly 1,300 more Tennessee public school students became eligible for the HOPE scholarship in 2016 by achieving composite scores of 21 or higher.

With more Tennessee students than ever before taking the ACT, Tennessee public high school students held steady at a 19.4 average score, whereas nationally scores declined as more students participated.

1,300 more Tennessee public school students became eligible for the HOPE scholarship in 2016

1,300 more Tennessee public school students became eligible for the HOPE scholarship in 2016

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Tennessee Educator Survey Highlights Positive School Cultures, Benefits of Evaluation

 

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – The vast majority of Tennessee educators feel positively about the climate in their schools, and more teachers than ever are finding value in the statewide evaluation system, according to the results out today from the 2016 Tennessee Educator Survey.

This is the sixth year the state surveyed all of its educators to gather their feedback, and the results show Tennessee teachers feel increasingly supported, with 86 percent saying instructional time is protected by their administration—which improved for the third year in a row.

2016 Tennessee Educator Survey results released.

2016 Tennessee Educator Survey results released.

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Tennessee Department of Education announces ACT Senior Retake Opportunity

 

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Education announced today the launch of the statewide ACT Senior Retake Opportunity that provides every eligible high school senior, meaning any public school student who took the ACT as a junior, the ability to retake the ACT free of charge on Saturday, October 22nd, regardless of socioeconomic status.

Tennessee’s historical ACT data indicate that students who retake the ACT typically increase their composite score by one to three points.

Eligible high school seniors have the opportunity to retake ACT.

Eligible high school seniors have the opportunity to retake ACT.

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Tennessee Department of Education Releases Guidebook Highlighting Districts Focused on Teacher Leadership

 

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Education released today the 2015-16 Tennessee Teacher Leader Guidebook, which highlights 15 unique and innovative teacher leader models developed by districts across the state that provide clear pathways to leverage the power and potential of teacher leader development.

In 2011, the Tennessee State Board of Education adopted the Teacher Leader Model Standards, which provide a cohesive, transparent set of skills and competencies to guide and encourage the development of teacher leaders.

Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools participated in the program for a second time.

Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools participated in the program for a second time.

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Clarksville-Montgomery County School System (CMCSS) fills Administrator Positions

 

Clarksville-Montgomery County School System - CMCSSMontgomery County, TN – The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System (CMCSS) has selected three candidates to fill administrator positions for the upcoming school year.

Current assistant principal, Scott Wainwright, has been appointed to serve as the principal of New Providence Middle School.  Rossview Middle School teacher, Jenette Spurbeck, has been chosen as an assistant principal at Clarksville High School (CHS).  Richview Middle School (RIMS) teacher, Lisa Courson, has been selected as an assistant principal at RIMS.

Clarksville-Montgomery County School System's administrators (Top: L to R) Scott Wainwright, Jenette Spurbeck, and Lisa Courson.

Clarksville-Montgomery County School System’s administrators (Top: L to R) Scott Wainwright, Jenette Spurbeck, and Lisa Courson.

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Tennessee Department of Mental Health gives tips to Help Your Child Cope With Anxiety, Reducing Stress, Overcoming Fears

 

Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse ServicesNashville, TN – The first day of school for a child, as well as their parent, is a milestone moment, a period in time filled with hope, and great expectations.

For many children and parents, this is a time of excitement mixed with some anxiety. Children experiencing these brand new surroundings, for the first time, can find it both exhilarating and stressful.

Back to School Basics: Help prepare you Child for the new School Year.

Back to School Basics: Help prepare you Child for the new School Year.

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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 Issues Letter of Intent to Award Statewide Testing Contract to Questar

 

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced Wednesday, July 6th, that the department intends to award Questar, a national leader in large-scale assessment, a contract to develop and administer Tennessee’s annual state assessments for the 2016-17 school year.

In addition, McQueen announced that Tennessee will phase in online administration over multiple years to ensure state, district, and vendor technology readiness.

Tennessee Department of Education intends to award Questar Tennessee’s annual state assessments for the 2016-17 school year.

Tennessee Department of Education intends to award Questar Tennessee’s annual state assessments for the 2016-17 school year.

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2016 Legislative Session of the 109th Tennessee General Assembly report

 

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The 109th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on April 22nd, 2016 to become a part of Tennessee history with passage of major legislation to reduce crime, cut tax burdens, spur job growth, accelerate the state’s success in K-12 education, boost the number of college graduates, curb drug abuse and curtail drunk driving.

State lawmakers also passed significant legislation to ease traffic congestion, reduce child abuse, aid farmers, increase access to healthcare and medication, increase voter participation and provide a safer environment for the elderly.

Following, please find a copy of some of the highlights of this year’s legislative action.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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