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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
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
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
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
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