• Nashville Educator Surprised by $25,000 Milken Award

    Tuesday, November 10, 2015 | 11:48am

    High school English teacher Misty Ayres-Miranda was awarded $25,000, thanks to the Milken Family Foundation. The award was presented Tuesday by Education Commissioner Candice McQueen and National Institute for Excellence in Teaching CEO Gary Stark.  Stark, a former recipient of the Milken Award, served as a representative on behalf of the Milken Family Foundation at the surprise ceremony at Nashville School of the Arts in Metro Nashville Public Schools.

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  • Tennessee Names 2015-16 Principal, Supervisor of the Year

    Wednesday, October 28, 2015 | 8:13am

    A Washington County elementary school principal and Shelby County supervisor have earned top honors for their work in Tennessee education. Peggy Greene, principal of Ridgeview Elementary School, was named Tennessee’s 2015-16 Principal of the Year. Sharon Griffin, a regional superintendent of Innovation Zone Schools in Shelby County, was named Tennessee’s 2015-16 Supervisor of the Year.  Both awards were announced Tuesday during a statewide conference for education leaders.

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  • Federal Officials Approve, Spotlight Tennessee’s Plan to Ensure Every Student Has Access to a Great Teacher

    Thursday, October 22, 2015 | 4:15pm

    Tennessee’s plan to provide every student in every school with a high-quality educator has been approved by the U.S. Department of Education today. This approval is an important step toward furthering specific, Tennessee-tailored strategies that will provide more support to teachers and leaders and target specific issues that some schools face in equipping every classroom with a great teacher.

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  • Report Card Highlights Rising Graduation Rates

    Thursday, October 22, 2015 | 11:00am

    The 2015 state Report Card launched online Thursday, offering users the ability to view multiple postsecondary and workforce metrics as well as achievement and growth for Tennessee schools and districts.

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  • Tennessee Announces 2015-16 Teacher of the Year

    Thursday, September 24, 2015 | 8:15pm

    A Chester County teacher known for her leadership skills and the ability to tailor her instruction to students’ needs was named the 2015-16 Tennessee Teacher of the Year. Cathy Whitehead is a third-grade teacher at West Chester Elementary in Henderson, Tennessee.  She has served in multiple leadership positions in her district and regularly leads professional development for her peers. Whitehead received the state’s top teaching honor during the annual Teacher of the Year banquet on Thursday night.

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  • Tennessee Task Force on Student Testing and Assessment Releases Recommendations

    Tuesday, September 15, 2015 | 10:30am

    The Tennessee Task Force on Student Testing and Assessment, comprised of 18 educators and education leaders from across the state, concluded six months of discussions and research today as they released more than a dozen recommendations to address concerns about “too much testing” and to ensure the meaningful use of assessments across the state.

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  • Tennessee Students Hit Five-Year High on ACT

    Wednesday, August 26, 2015 | 7:59am

    For the third straight year, Tennessee public high school students improved on the ACT, administered to all students statewide. The average composite increased from 19.3 last year to 19.4 this year, adding to what has been a three-year pattern of growth for the state.

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  • 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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