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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
Stone, Zachary – Tennessee Department of Education, 2016
Almost half of Tennessee's students are not on grade level in reading and math by the time they complete third grade, and very few of those students achieve proficiency in later grades. To combat this trend and support the skill development and academic achievement of all students, Tennessee has adopted a framework for addressing individual…
Descriptors: Student Needs, Response to Intervention, Evidence Based Practice, Educational Quality
Attridge, Jonathon – Tennessee Department of Education, 2016
Although the average daily attendance rate for Tennessee students is 95 percent, almost 45,000, or 10 percent, of Tennessee K-3 students missed at least a month's worth of school days during the 2014-15 school year. These "chronically absent" students present a particular problem for schools that are charged with developing foundational…
Descriptors: Attendance, Elementary School Students, Primary Education, Academic Achievement
Hartigan, Lacey – Tennessee Department of Education, 2016
Decades of research have confirmed that teachers are the most important in-school factor for improving student achievement. Furthermore, studies find that access to effective teachers is most critical for students who struggle academically. Data from Tennessee shows that, on average, students who score at the lowest proficiency level see the…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Equal Education, Teacher Supply and Demand, Teacher Distribution
Tennessee Department of Education, 2016
Reading is more than just decoding the letters on a page--although that is critically important. It is drawing meaning from text and making connections to the outside world. These are the critical thinking skills that determine success both in and outside the classroom. In past years, far too many of Tennessee's students have passed through…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Reading Instruction, Reading Difficulties, Educational Improvement
Tennessee Department of Education, 2016
"Setting the Foundation: A Report on Elementary Grades Reading in Tennessee" (ED572952) provides insight into the challenges associated with early grades reading in Tennessee, along with a set of recommendations for building more readers across the state. This appendix provides detailed information about reading programs in Tennessee…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Reading Instruction, Reading Programs, Textbooks
Bailey, Isaiah – Tennessee Department of Education, 2016
The Tennessee Educator Survey, created in partnership with the Tennessee Education Research Alliance at Vanderbilt University (TERA), aims to take the pulse of teacher perceptions, monitor school climate and culture across the state, and include educators' voices in the policy discussion. The survey offers a snapshot of where Tennessee is--and…
Descriptors: Teacher Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Attitudes, State Surveys
Tennessee Department of Education, 2015
The Tennessee Department of Education explored course enrollment patterns in an effort to better understand in which courses students are enrolling and whether course enrollment policies and procedures are promoting students' interests. This report focuses on eighth grade Algebra I enrollment, which can propel students to take more rigorous math…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Grade 8, Secondary School Mathematics, Algebra
Tennessee Department of Education, 2015
The Tennessee Department of Education explored course enrollment patterns in an effort to better understand in which courses students are enrolling and whether course enrollment policies and procedures are promoting students' interests. This report focuses on math course enrollment patterns throughout high school by following the 2013-14 twelfth…
Descriptors: Secondary School Mathematics, High School Students, Grade 12, Enrollment Trends
Batiwalla, Mary – Tennessee Department of Education, 2014
In 2013, Tennessee counted nearly 7,000 students in the senior cohort whose academic skills when they entered high school suggested they were on track to earn college credits through Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Yet just over half of these students actually graduated with an AP credit, and less than a third of the economically disadvantaged…
Descriptors: Advanced Placement Programs, Barriers, Access to Education, Enrollment
Pratt, Tony – Tennessee Department of Education, 2014
This report describes an analysis by the Tennessee Department of Education's Office of Research and Policy that proposes a second quantitative metric for assessing the practicality and usefulness of the ratings that teacher evaluators are giving to the teachers they observe by looking at the range of ratings given. The idea of the…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Observation, Evaluators, Feedback (Response)
Dawkins, Shardae – Tennessee Department of Education, 2014
Starting in 2014-15, districts across the state of Tennessee must implement a Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI[superscript 2]) plan. RTI[superscript 2] is an instructional framework which provides ongoing monitoring of student performance and progress through the use of universal student screeners and interventions targeted at…
Descriptors: Response to Intervention, Program Implementation, School Districts, Knowledge Level
Pratt, Tony; Booker, Laura – Tennessee Department of Education, 2014
While most teachers in Tennessee remain in their positions for many years, it is also the case that some of the most effective teachers depart each year, either to go teach in a different school, a different district, or sometimes to leave the profession entirely. Not all of these moves are avoidable, but finding ways to retain as many high…
Descriptors: Teacher Persistence, Teacher Effectiveness, Public School Teachers, School Districts
Tennessee Department of Education, 2013
Tennessee has undertaken several wide-ranging reforms aimed at educator practice and effectiveness over the past several years, including the launch of a new teacher evaluation system, modification of teacher tenure policy, and initial implementation of Common Core State Standards. This report from the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE)…
Descriptors: Teacher Retirement, Trend Analysis, Educational Policy, Teacher Effectiveness
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