• Obama Underestimates Size of Education Budget in Town Hall
    Instead of considering meaningful reforms like funding flexibility for states or portability of federal education dollars for low-income children—reforms which would save taxpayer dollars, begin reducing the failed federal role in education, and empower parents—President Obama wants to continuing pouring more money into the oversized and ineffective Department of Education. More money is not the answer to improving education in America. Since the 1970s, federal education spending has nearly tripled—after adjusting for inflation—yet academic outcomes have remained flat.
  • MLK dropped from ‘best schools’ list over missing data, Newsweek says
    Newsweek magazine acknowledged this week that Nashville’s Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet didn’t just fall off its 2011 America’s Best High Schools list — its performance data wasn’t ever reviewed.
  • Survey reflects school merger wish list
    Memphis – Early results in a survey being done by Stand for Children — a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that seeks to build grassroots support for public education… A portal (puteducationfirst.org) for online survey respondents opens this weekend in conjunction with a rally Saturday at Stand’s headquarters, 915 McLemore.
  • TCAP Scores Hint at Statewide Education Improvements
    According to early results from TCAP, Tennessee students in grades 3-8 improved in math and reading by 7 percent and 3.7 percent respectively over last year.
  • Haslam Prefers Congressional NCLB Overhaul Over Waiver
    Governor Bill Haslam says he’d like for Congress to work out a “new solution” that replaces the No Child Left Behind program. He says No Child Left Behind served a good purpose, but if standards are so high that schools can’t meet them, then those standards become meaningless.
  • Hamilton schools keep pace with state TCAP gains
    Hamilton County schools kept pace with statewide test score growth according to results released by the Tennessee Department of Education.  The results show Hamilton County up 6.9% from last year in math, 3.9% in reading, 4 percent in science and 1.4% in social studies.  Hamilton County gains were generally in line with statewide gains in each subject. Polk County schools recorded a 15.6% gain in math, the highest in our region.  Athens City schools were close behind with a 14.8% increase.  Cleveland City schools showed a 1.6% decrease in math, with similar drops in all subjects. Grundy County schools had the highest increase in reading (5.6%), Bledsoe County schools led the region with a 6.7% increase in science, and McMinn County had the top gains in social studies with 5.8%. Statewide, math scores were up 7%, reading 3.7%, science 3.5% and social studies 1.4%.
  • Kipps Schools Report Not As Optimistic As Some Hoped
    The most recent report from KIPP’s on its college outcomes was released in April and is a long way from squashing these hopes, but it does temper them.  The report, “The Promise of College Completion: KIPP’s Early Successes and Challenges,” studied the college outcomes of the earliest of the KIPP students 10 years after graduation. Some of the findings revealed stunning success, especially considering that at that time, KIPP only served middle-schoolers.  More than 95 percent of those first KIPP graduates went on to get their high school diploma.
  • TCAP Achievement Test – TN Department of Education
    Students in Grades 3-8 take the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test each spring. The Achievement Test is a timed, multiple choice assessment that measures skills in Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Student results are reported to parents, teachers and administrators. In addition, some schools choose to administer the Achievement Test to students in Kindergarten and Grades 1 and 2. The ‘K-2 Achievement’ link below provides more information.
  • Metro students lag state average on TCAP math exams
    Thirty-three percent of Metro students scored proficient or advanced, below the 41 percent state average. The district did make a 6-percentage point increase over last year. Wilson, Sumner, Rutherford and Williamson County schools all scored above state averages in math. Sumner had 43 percent of students and Williamson 65 percent pass. Statewide scores inched up over last year in all subject areas: math, reading, science and social studies sections.
  • City Schools makes dramatic turnaround on TCAP scores
    Dramatic improvement in math and reading scores won’t move Murfreesboro City Schools off the state’s High Priority list immediately, but it does show a step forward, Director Linda Gilbert said Thursday. Murfreesboro City Schools’ combined math and reading scores improved 22.5 percent, making it one of 18 school systems across Tennessee showing better than 20 percent improvement in those areas, according to preliminary results of the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program.

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