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ERIC Number: ED515708
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Blueprint for Change in Tennessee: State Teacher Policy Yearbook, 2010
National Council on Teacher Quality
The 2009 "State Teacher Policy Yearbook" provided a comprehensive review of states' policies that impact the teaching profession. As a companion to last year's comprehensive state-by-state analysis, the 2010 edition provides each state with an individualized "Blueprint for Change," building off last year's "Yearbook" goals and recommendations. State teacher policy addresses a great many areas, including teacher preparation, certification, evaluation and compensation. With so many moving parts, it may be difficult for states to find a starting point on the road to reform. To this end, this paper provides a state-specific roadmap, organized in three main sections. Section 1 identifies policy concerns that need critical attention, the areas of highest priority for state policymakers. Section 2 outlines "low-hanging fruit," policy changes that can be implemented in relatively short order. Section 3 offers a short discussion of some longer-term systemic issues that states need to make sure stay on the radar. In the 2009 "State Teacher Policy Yearbook", Tennessee had the following grades: (1) Delivering Well Prepared Teachers (B-); (2) Expanding the Teaching Pool (C); (3) Identifying Effective Teachers (C); (4) Retaining Effective Teachers (C); and (5) Exiting Ineffective Teachers (F). Tennessee has an overall grade of C- for 2009. In the last year, many states made significant changes to their teacher policies, spurred in many cases by the Race to the Top competition. Based on a review of state legislation, rules and regulations, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) has identified the following recent policy changes in Tennessee: (1) The state now requires that all teachers be evaluated annually. Also, 50 percent of the evaluation must be based on student achievement data; (2) The state now allows all tenured teachers who receive a notice of dismissal (not just those in Nashville and Memphis) to have the right to demand a hearing on the charges before an impartial hearing officer selected by the local board; and (3) Tennessee now allows districts to submit their own proposed salary schedules for approval by the commissioner, as opposed to its former requirement that all districts use the state-formulated schedule based on training and experience factors. Individual sections contain footnotes. (Contains 5 figures.) [For the related reports, see "Blueprint for Change: National Summary. State Teacher Policy Yearbook, 2010" (ED515614) and "State Teacher Policy Yearbook, 2009. Tennessee" (ED511944).]
National Council on Teacher Quality. 1420 New York Avenue NW Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-393-0020; Fax: 202-393-0095; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Carnegie Corporation of New York; Gleason Family Foundation; George Gund Foundation; Joyce Foundation
Authoring Institution: National Council on Teacher Quality
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee