The executive director of Tennessee’s state Board of Education announced Friday he’ll retire at the end of the year after serving in that post under two governors and during a period of rapid reform.
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Tennessee standardized test scores are headed steadily upward, although math gains are now outpacing reading. TCAP test results were released Thursday.
Charter schools have returned to the state legislature’s front burner. A proposed bill that is facing some bi-partisan resistance would allow the state to authorize new charters. Democrats are upset that the bill only applies to schools in Nashville and Memphis. And one Republican lawmaker – a former superintendent – says it violates the GOP’s belief in local control.
The Tennessee Board of Education appears poised to overturn a controversial decision by the Metro school board.
New estimates show 45,000 Tennessee students are being promoted each year without making the grades to earn it. But a bill aimed at ending the practice was significantly downsized after lawmakers saw the cost to holding back those students – an extra $175 million a year.
Tennessee education leaders are preparing to tweak the academic standards for the state’s students, even as they finish implementing the latest set of changes. The new standards will align Tennessee more closely with the rest of the country.