Archives: September 2019

Tennesseans for Student Success Statement on the Public Charter School Commission Announcement

NASHVILLE – Today, Tennesseans for Student Success President and CEO, Adam Lister, released the following statement after Governor Lee’s appointments to the state’s new public charter school commission:

“Every student in the state of Tennessee, regardless of their zip code, deserves the highest level of quality and equal access to an outstanding public education. Tennessee continues to lead the way in innovative solutions to improve public education through the establishment of the new statewide public charter school commission. By establishing a non-political commission filled with accomplished experts in leading and growing charter schools as well as managing rigorous authorization programs and nonprofit governance; Tennessee took a dramatic step forward in improving its charter school policy. It is important the Volunteer State continues to establish new paths for students to have a seat in a high-quality public school, and this commission will implement even greater opportunities for families and students that need them the most.”

Inside TNSuccess: September 30

ICYMI from the Tennessean: Scorecard lets voters see which legislators prioritize education

TSS recently released its third annual 2019 TNSuccessCard, a tool to keep Tennessee voters informed and engaged at the ballot box.

Check out this op-ed featured in The Tennessean from TSS President and CEO Adam Lister, on the importance of ensuring elected officials are prioritizing education and voting for policies that support student success. 

Read the full op-ed from the Tennessean here


Gov. Lee Announces New Public Charter School Commission

Tennesseans for Student Success President and CEO, Adam Lister, released the following statement after Governor Lee’s appointments to the state’s new public charter school commission:

“Every student in the state of Tennessee, regardless of their zip code, deserves the highest level of quality and equal access to an outstanding public education. Tennessee continues to lead the way in innovative solutions to improve public education through the establishment of the new statewide public charter school commission. By establishing a non-political commission filled with accomplished experts in leading and growing charter schools as well as managing rigorous authorization programs and nonprofit governance; Tennessee took a dramatic step forward in improving its charter school policy. It is important the Volunteer State continues to establish new paths for students to have a seat in a high-quality public school, and this commission will implement even greater opportunities for families and students that need them the most.”

Read the statement online here.


Congrats to the 2019-2020 Tennessee Teacher of the Year, Brian McLaughlin

Mr. McLaughlin was awarded this honor last week at the Tennessee Department of Education Annual Teacher of the Year Gala. He hails from Hamblen County and is an algebra teacher at Morristown-Hamblen High School West. He has been teaching for 11 years and according to TDOE “McLaughlin has been recognized as a Level 5 teacher every year of his career. Level 5 is a designation given to teachers when their students make significantly more progress than the growth standard.” Read more from the TDOE press release here


How is the State Preparing High School Students for Post-Secondary?

Last week, SCORE, the State Collaborative on Reforming Education, released a report addressing how Tennessee high schools are preparing students for post-secondary education after high school.

SCORE reported that four out of ten students in Tennessee are entering into college classrooms unprepared for college-level work. 

Through a listening tour around the state and beyond, collaborating with key leaders and educators, and recognizing that high school education isn’t one-size-fits-all; SCORE was able to gather and analyze data so students are prepared for post-secondary education and all that it entails


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ICYMI from the Tennessean: Scorecard Lets Voters See Which Legislators Prioritize Education

NASHVILLE – Tennesseans for Student Success (TSS) recently released its third annual 2019 TNSuccessCard, a tool to keep Tennessee voters informed and engaged at the ballot box.

Check out this op-ed featured in The Tennessean from TSS President and CEO Adam Lister, on the importance of ensuring elected officials are prioritizing education and voting for policies that support student success.

Scorecard lets voters see which legislators prioritize education
By Adam Lister
September 23, 2019

“Whether we know it or not, many facets of our daily lives are affected by state legislation and the work done by the Tennessee General Assembly. When it comes to education, that is especially true. If you are (or have been) a student, teacher or parent in Tennessee schools, your experience with our education system has been directly affected by decisions made by our elected officials — for better or worse…

“Well-informed voters are empowered voters, but how would a voter determine whether their local legislators are supporting critical education policies?

“The Tennessee SuccessCard, launched three years ago with a goal to help Tennesseans answer that exact question, is an accountability tool that scores state legislators’ support for student achievement based on their voting records…

“Our legislature and state policy leaders must be unequivocal in their commitment to put the state’s 1 million students first.

“Over the last few months, we at Tennesseans for Student Success have evaluated hundreds of pieces of legislation related to advancing high expectations, measuring what matters, encouraging innovation in education, protecting accountability in the classroom and securing economic freedom for all Tennesseans. Further, success after high school graduation does not look the same for every student, so we also evaluated bills that focus on providing more pathways for students to pursue a higher education, including early post-secondary opportunities like dual-enrollment or career and technical education.

“Legislative action was scored with one simple question in mind: Will this legislation help Tennessee students succeed?…

“By evaluating voting records openly and honestly, the SuccessCard offers Tennesseans an easy-to-use tool to gauge their legislators’ dedication to student success. As voters approach a new legislative and election cycle, we hope the SuccessCard will empower constituents to elect or reelect only the strongest champions for education.

“To view the scorecard online, go to TNSuccessCard.com.”

Read the full op-ed in the Tennessean here

Inside TNSuccess: September 17

Tennesseans for Student Success welcomes you to Inside TNSuccess. 

Read below for important news happening around the state in the education space and ways you can get involved and stay informed. 


TSS’ Third Annual TNSuccessCard

This week, Tennesseans for Student Success (TSS) announced the release of the 2019 TNSuccessCard, a scorecard to keep Tennessee voters informed and engaged at the ballot box. To view the TNSuccessCard, please visit TNSuccessCard.com and check out your local legislator’s grade. 

Read more from our press release here

Interested in helping amplify our TNSuccessCard? Visit TNSuccessCard.com and join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #TNSuccessCard.  Watch Adam Lister, President and CEO of Tennesseans for Student Success, below as he announces the release of our 2019 TNSuccessCard. 


Tennessee Hits Highest Graduation Rate Ever

This week, the Tennessee Department of Education announced an 89.7 percent graduation rate for the 2018-19 school calendar year. This is great news as it’s the highest graduation rate on record for Tennessee, and is more than half a percentage point higher than previous years. Read more about what Commissioner Penny Schwinn had to say about this news here. Congratulations to all those working hard in classrooms across Tennessee. As they celebrate this announcement, we hope everyone will join together in committing to push even harder for student success.


Tristar Reads: Recapping What We’ve Learned

We’re thankful you joined us this summer as we work each year to help prevent the summer slide in Tennessee students. 

Additionally, if you participated in Tristar Reads this summer, we’d love your feedback on how we can improve this program in the future. Would you take a quick moment to fill out our survey here

Be on the lookout for future correspondence from us announcing the winner of our scholarship program. And in the meantime, enjoy Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses, read by the TSS staff.


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