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Collins, E.; Schaaf, K. – Tennessee Department of Education, 2020
Across the nation, teacher shortages are receiving broad attention. Teacher turnover can lead to negative outcomes for students through the replacement of effective teachers by inexperienced or unqualified teachers, increases in class sizes, or reductions in course offerings. For educators, frequent turnover upsets collaboration, stability,…
Descriptors: Teacher Persistence, Teacher Shortage, Faculty Mobility, Public School Teachers
Tennessee Department of Education, 2018
In 2014, Tennessee launched a statewide initiative known as Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI[superscript 2]) aimed at better supporting students' individual learning needs. RTI[superscript 2] is a framework for teaching and learning that includes regular screenings to identify student areas of need and a tiered model of intervention…
Descriptors: Response to Intervention, Program Implementation, Program Effectiveness, State Programs
Tennessee Department of Education, 2018
In February 2016, the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) pulled together stakeholders from across the state and set an ambitious goal--that at least 75 percent of third graders would be proficient readers by 2025. The goal originated from both stagnant third grade reading scores in the state and national research indicating that third grade…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Reading Instruction, Grade 3, Reading Programs
Tennessee Department of Education, 2018
In keeping with the provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated 49-1-201(12), this Annual Statistical and Financial Report for the scholastic year ending June 30, 2018, provides a numerical record of information describing the condition of education in the state of Tennessee. The report provides the following information: (1) Public School Officers;…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, State Boards of Education, State Departments of Education
Tennessee Department of Education, 2018
STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) is the fifth-fastest-growing occupational cluster in the South and the seventh-largest employer with projected employment of 2.6 million workers by 2020. In order to prepare students to take advantage of the vast opportunities in this field, educators must equip students with the knowledge and…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Employment Qualifications, Job Skills, Elementary Secondary Education
Tennessee Department of Education, 2018
School safety is a critical issue that has steadily gained more attention over the past two decades. High-profile school shootings like the tragic incident at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, have reignited calls to address school security and behavioral health so that all students have access to a safe learning environment.…
Descriptors: School Safety, School Security, Emergency Programs, School Size
Collins, Emily – Tennessee Department of Education, 2018
Thirty-seven percent of Tennessee's students are students of color, but teachers of color represent only 13 percent of the teacher population. This gap between students and teachers of color in Tennessee mirrors a national trend. Across the United States, students of color make up 51 percent of the student body whereas teachers of color make up…
Descriptors: Teacher Characteristics, Administrator Characteristics, Diversity (Faculty), Minority Group Teachers
Stone, Zachary – Tennessee Department of Education, 2017
Over the last several years, Tennessee has rapidly expanded the use of student growth portfolio models for the purpose of teacher evaluation. Participation, both in the number of districts and teachers, has increased steadily since portfolios were first introduced during the 2011-12 school year, and we expect that participation will continue to…
Descriptors: Growth Models, Portfolios (Background Materials), Teacher Evaluation, Scores
Tennessee Department of Education, 2017
The majority of Tennessee ninth graders graduate from high school, but far fewer make the leap to postsecondary education. Recently launched statewide initiatives have fundamentally shifted the educational landscape, substantially reducing barriers to postsecondary access. The state now stands at the cusp of a historical transformation where it…
Descriptors: High School Graduates, High School Students, Postsecondary Education, Barriers
Tennessee Department of Education, 2017
More than 65,000 teachers show up each day to work in Tennessee's public schools. At the current rate, half of these teachers will leave or retire in the next decade. The positions they vacate will be filled primarily by novice educators. What will it take to ensure Tennessee has a strong and vibrant new teacher pipeline in the years to come? This…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Beginning Teachers, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Supply and Demand
Tennessee Department of Education, 2017
The Read to be Ready campaign emerged from the startling reality of Tennessee's reading achievement data. Only one-third of Tennessee fourth graders scored proficient in the last administration of National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) in 2015. Equally concerning, students who fell behind in the early years almost never caught up in…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Reading Instruction, At Risk Students, Reading Comprehension
Tennessee Department of Education, 2017
In keeping with the provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated 49-1-201(12), this Annual Statistical and Financial Report for the scholastic year ending June 30, 2017, provides a numerical record of information describing the condition of education in the state of Tennessee. The report provides the following information: (1) Public School Officers;…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, State Boards of Education, State Departments of Education
Tennessee Department of Education, 2017
In September 2015, Commissioner Candice McQueen and senior leadership at the Tennessee Department of Education laid out goals and priorities for Tennessee's students and a plan to reach these goals. This strategic plan, Tennessee Succeeds, aimed to give a clear, overarching vision for the key strategies the department would focus on in order to…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Equal Education, Alignment (Education), Accountability
Tennessee Department of Education, 2017
The research is clear: reading proficiently prepares students for lifelong success. Unfortunately, Tennessee students have fallen behind their peers across the nation in reading. Over the past several years, the results in reading have remained stagnant and, in some cases, have declined. In 2015, on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Reading Achievement, Low Achievement, Elementary School Students
Tennessee Department of Education, 2017
The division of college, career and technical education (CCTE) of the Tennessee Department of Education established the office of postsecondary coordination and alignment in 2012 for the purpose of expanding and promoting early postsecondary opportunities (EPSOs) for all high school students across the state. The office is also charged with…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, State Departments of Education, Alignment (Education), Postsecondary Education
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