Tennessee First to the Top

Tennessee First to the Top

After being awarded over $501 million in the federal government's Race to the Top competition in 2010, Tennessee has embarked on a once in a lifetime opportunity and several projects.

At the heart of improving student achievement is a focus on three main student performance goals: young students' academic readiness, high school graduates' readiness for college and careers, and higher rates of graduates enrolling and succeeding in post-secondary education.

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February 6, 2013

Announcing TNLEAD Leadership Grants

The department is pleased to announce the release of an application for the new TNLEAD Leadership Grants. The purpose of these Leadership Grants is to fund partnerships that develop or replicate innovative and high-impact programs aimed at increasing leader effectiveness and improving student outcomes. These programs can target pre-service or current educators.

The Tennessee Department of Education will fund Development and Replication grants between a range of $250,000 and $1 million per grant depending on the number and quality of proposals. The application is available here. A webinar explaining the application components in detail is available here. Please contact Paul Fleming at the Tennessee Department of Education if you have additional questions at .


Tennessee's First to the Top plan includes projects and initiatives that target multiple areas of school reform but share a single goal: improving student performance.