• Tennessee Recognizes Top Schools for Achievement and Growth

    Monday, August 03, 2015 | 9:14am

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced 170 schools as the 2014-15 Reward Schools, the top 5 percent of schools in the state for academic achievement and the top 5 percent for annual growth.  The Reward Schools span 59 districts across Tennessee and include 93 schools that serve mostly economically disadvantaged populations. 

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  • State Releases 2015 District-Level TCAP Results

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015 | 9:21am

    The Tennessee Department of Education today released district-level results from the 2015 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP), which show strong gains in high school and significant gains in grades 3-8 math.

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  • Tennessee Receives Approval for Continued Freedom from Federal Education Law Provisions

    Thursday, July 23, 2015 | 1:23pm

    Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen today applauded the U.S. Department of Education’s approval of Tennessee’s waiver request from certain provisions of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Tennessee was the first state in the country to request an ESEA waiver in 2011 and one of only 10 states to receive a waiver in the first round of approvals in 2012.

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  • TN Strengthens Alignment Between Education & Workforce

    Friday, June 26, 2015 | 1:15pm

    Education and industry leaders from across the state gathered this week to discuss how to build academic pathways that establish seamless connections between education and the workforce. Tennessee has earned national recognition for forging critical relationships between education and economic development through Pathways Tennessee, the state’s multi-agency initiative established in 2012, focused on providing rigorous education that leads to relevant careers.

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  • Tennessee Students Continue to Make Gains

    Thursday, June 25, 2015 | 12:38pm

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Candice McQueen today announced Tennessee students made significant gains in all high school subjects and in the majority of subjects in grades 3-8.

    High school scores on the 2015 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) continued to show strong growth for the third consecutive year, increasing in all seven tested subjects across English language arts, math and science. Since Haslam took office in 2011, 131,000 more students are on grade level in math, and nearly 60,000 more students are on grade level in science.

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  • TN Announces 2015-16 Teacher of the Year Finalists

    Friday, June 12, 2015 | 9:24am

    The Tennessee Department of Education is proud to announce the finalists for the 2015-16 Tennessee Teacher of the Year Award. The nine finalists are elementary, middle, and high school educators from each Grand Division of the state. Grand Division winners and the Teacher of the Year will be selected from this group and announced this fall.

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  • Commissioner McQueen Kicks Off Statewide Tour of Classrooms

    Friday, February 13, 2015 | 3:11pm

    Education Commissioner Candice McQueen on Friday kicked off a statewide tour of classroom visits where she plans to connect with 10,000 Tennessee teachers. The commissioner, whose tour began in her hometown of Clarksville, is committed to this goal as a way to listen and learn from Tennessee educators.

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