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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, 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
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
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
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
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)
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