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Austin Peay State University is breaking from the norm of public colleges in Tennessee to offer six weeks of paid parental leave for its employees. 

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It wasn't a cyberattack that took down TNReady exams earlier this year but an error by the testing company. External investigators and the state comptroller made the conclusion after reviewing the crash that disrupted standardized tests statewide.

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Nashville’s Fisk University has been put on probation by its accreditors, the school said Friday.

But officials defend the school's finances, saying the decision by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges was largely based on data from 2014-2015 and that Fisk's current budget is stronger.

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State officials are hedging their bets on next year's TNReady testing.

The Department of Education announced Thursday that they'll be limiting online exams in the middle-school grades to just one subject — science — as part of a new plan to keep closer tabs on how computerized testing is going.

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Metro Nashville Public Schools administrators are recommending that the board deny the only charter school application that has come in this year.

In a report sent to board members this week, district officials criticized the proposal from the nonprofit ReThink Forward, saying it wasn't specific enough and the financial model was incomplete.

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Students in Fayetteville, Tenn., will soon be able to earn an agriculture degree from a university 90 miles away without leaving their Motlow State Community College campus, thanks to a new partnership with Tennessee State University.

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For some Nashvillians, banal tasks like filing paperwork or reading a prescription are major obstacles to their daily lives.

Adult illiteracy affects one in eight in the city, according to the Nashville Adult Literacy Council, and the problem goes beyond native citizens who didn’t learn during childhood. The NALC says it hits hardest among Nashville’s growing immigrant and refugee populations.

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The state’s top educator is promising next year’s standardized testing will go more smoothly — and she’s making some changes to try to bring that about.

 

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said Monday that the state is planning to strip testing vendor Questar of some of its responsibilities, following widespread outages that led many to question the validity of this year’s TNReady results.

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The Tennessee Board of Regents released data last week that attempts to answer the main question behind Tennessee Promise: Does giving away two years of free community college ultimately translate into more degrees? 

The answer, the data suggests, is yes. But the gains are a little more modest than officials were probably hoping for.

More: See the breakdown of Tennessee Promise data

 


Metro Schools Superintendent Shawn Joseph said at a board meeting Tuesday that he won't balance the district's budget shortfall by cutting teachers or funds for students. That's despite the fact that Metro Schools needs to slash $17 million from next year's budget.

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