• State Control Key To Education Reform, Haslam Tells Country
    One of the keys to improving education in America is giving states more autonomy to make policy decisions, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said on national television Monday. Watch the video from Monday’s panel discission:
  • Tennessee Helping Draft Education Standards
    The Volunteer State currently sits at 23 in a nationwide ranking for science and math, but the new curriculum that was just rolled out ranks as the second toughest in all 50 states.
  • Tennessee School Boards Association officials say schools must adopt change
    One of the major misconceptions about the evaluation process, Bennett said, is that teachers don’t realize that a score of 3 (with 5 being the highest) indicates a “rock solid teacher.” And, he said, it’s only a rumor that no teachers will earn a score of 5, though that’s what many administrators were told in training. The state Education Department, Bennett said, projects that 40 to 50 percent of Tennessee’s teachers will earn an evaluation score of 3, indicating they “meet expectations.” Fifteen to 25 percent will earn a score of 4 and 5 to 10 percent will get a 5. To earn tenure, new teachers must be on the job for five years and earn evaluation scores of 4 or 5 the last two years.

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