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Tennesseans for Student Success Calls for Renewed Commitment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 10, 2018

CONTACT: Ashley Elizabeth Graham
615-983-6215 press@tnsuccess.org

Tennesseans for Student Success Calls for Renewed Commitment

 

NASHVILLE – Tennesseans for Student Success released the following statement today calling for a renewed commitment to Tennessee’s student-centered education policies.

From President and CEO Adam Lister:

“Today’s National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results show Tennessee’s students, overall, held ground gained in recent years. In national rankings, they rose to 34th in 4th Grade Reading and 35th in 8th Grade Math and fell to 34th in 4th Grade Math and 38th in 8th Grade Reading. The reforms that led to being named the fastest improving state in the nation in education on the last two NAEP reports remain a necessary and critical part of the ongoing work for student success. While today’s report does not show another dramatic rise in achievement, it does demonstrate sustainable, ongoing, and repeatable growth remains possible for every Tennessee classroom.

“The policies that drove Tennessee to be named the fastest improving state in the nation in education on the last two NAEP reports remain a necessary and integral part of the ongoing work for student success. Students across the state continue to demonstrate an ability to rise to a challenge and have, year-over-year, realized greater levels of achievement in the classroom when compared to the students that came before them. This announcement then gives further evidence for not only continuing these reforms – higher academic standards, an assessment aligned to those standards, accountability for everyone in the classroom, and more choices in public education – but for demanding that the next Governor and General Assembly push to accelerate the work driving student gains.

“Administered over 18 months ago, the latest NAEP assessment results are another reminder about the importance of intentionality and focus on improving student achievement, growth, and success. As our students will continue to compete for jobs, university acceptance, and placement in the Armed Forces with students from across the country, we are proud they continue to perform well when measured against other states, but there is still work to be done. We know our students can do better. With a continued focus on championing and aggressively supporting student achievement, we know we can do better for them.”

For more information about the policies and priorities championed by Tennesseans for Student Success, visit www.tnsuccess.org.

Tennesseans for Student Success Releases Statewide Polling

NASHVILLE – Tennesseans for Student Success released today the most recent results from their ongoing voter outreach program.
“Through a yearlong targeted and sustained outreach project, unique from other advocacy organizations in this state, we’ve talked to and surveyed over 135,000 Tennesseans. We asked them to share their thoughts on education, the state’s direction, and if candidates for public office are aligned with their views,” said Adam Lister, President and CEO of Tennesseans for Student Success.

Lister continued: “Over and over again, Tennesseans – across all demographic categories including political ideology, geography, age, or gender – said the same thing: education is a top priority for Tennessee’s elected officials and must be a top priority for any candidate they would support for public office. When asked, voters continue to overwhelmingly support the four policy priorities credited with Tennessee becoming the fastest improving state in the nation in education: high academic standards, an assessment aligned to those standards, accountability in the classroom, and public school choice.”

Tennesseans for Student Success has engaged in this sustained effort to ensure trends in voter interest for various policy issues is accurately measured and not significantly impacted by current political activity or the news of the day. Similar to traditional polls that look to test voter preference or passions, this month-long survey reflects a snapshot in time and reflects voter preference at the time it was conducted. External factors, events, or candidate activity can impact results. Surveying registered voters, 3400 respondents (MoE of 1.7%) from February 1 – March 3, 2018, Tennesseans for Student Success found when surveying Democrats, Republicans, and Independents:

Support high standards: 65%
Support yearly assessment: 70%
Support accountability in the classroom: 79%
Support public school choice: 68%

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job President Trump is doing?

Approve 51%
Disapprove 42%
No opinion or never heard of 7%
Total 100%

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Vice President Mike Pence is doing?

Approve 52%
Disapprove 34%
No opinion or never heard of 14%
Total 100%

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Governor Bill Haslam is doing?

Approve 57%
Disapprove 24%
No opinion or never heard of 18%
Total 100%

When surveying voters of the Republican and Democrat parties:
Q. If the Republican Primary for Governor were held today, for whom would you vote?

Randy Boyd 20%
Diane Black 14%
Bill Lee 10%
Beth Harwell 8%
Undecided 48%
Total 100%

Q. If the Democrat Primary for Governor were held today, for whom would you vote?

Dean 32%
Fitzhugh 6%
Undecided 62%
Total 100%

Lister: “Education – and the continuation of the right policies and principles that help keep Tennessee’s students on track for success – is a top priority for voters in this state and as they look to elect a new Governor and General Assembly, we will continue our advocacy by encouraging voters to demand their leaders stand up for student success.”

For more information: FebMar_Statewide Large Sample_PublicFebMar_Dem Topline Report_PublicFebMar_GOP Topline Report_PublicEndofMonth_Statewide Report_Public.

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