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Weekly Update – July 30, 2018

In no particular order, we wanted to bring you three things this week we’re sure you will enjoy.

-It’s almost Election Day for the August Primaries. Tennessee is last in voter participation, and that’s a trend to turn around. Here’s a link to find your local polling place. The last day to vote early was Saturday, so if you need to vote, you’ll cast your ballot on Election Day. Looking for information on whether your elected official voted to support student success? Here’s our 2017 and 2018 TNSuccessCard Scorecard. We hope it’s a useful tool as you raise your voice for Tennessee’s students.

-The 2017-18 TNReady results were recently announced. We wanted to share with you our response to those results:

“Through bills, legislation, amendments, and statutes, the framework for student success is in place in Tennessee. It’s clear that high academic standards, an assessment aligned to those standards, more choices in public education, and accountability for student success have been a driver for student growth and achievement.

“By closing the achievement gap, strengthening literacy, and seeing growth in historically underserved groups, this week’s TNReady results prove that the progress is on the move.

“There is still work to be done to make sure every student in Tennessee has an opportunity to succeed and reach the goals, achievements set out for their success. It’s time for everyone involved in the classroom – from local school districts to administrators, elected officials to educations – to continue to implement, with fidelity, the student-centered reforms responsible for Tennessee’s growth.”

-There’s still a month left in our summer reading and scholarship program. Tristar Reads is up and running, and still taking participants! Any Tennessee student heading into or coming out of Kindergarten-12th grade is eligible to participate. Head to TristarReads.com for more information, to sign up, to log your reader’s hours, or see how we award our three $1,000 college scholarships!

Thanks for all you do for Tennessee’s students, teachers, and classrooms. We’re grateful to be in this work with you.

Weekly Update – April 30, 2018

We love this time of year when the summer is on the horizon, plans for fun are being made, and excitement hangs on the calendar. We’re especially fond of this particular time of year as tomorrow we’ll launch our 3rd annual summer reading initiative – Tristar Reads.

Tristar Reads is more than a reading program – it’s a scholarship opportunity. After all the reading hours have been logged, we’ll award three Tennessee students with $1,000 college scholarships. It’s a great way to get your students, baseball team, Vacation Bible School, and friends involved in the joy and adventure of reading.

As well, throughout the summer, we’ll post and host various Tennesseans for our weekly reading session on Facebook. Here are some of our favorite videos from last year.

We know the summer gets busy, but we also know the importance of reading comprehension, literacy, and vocabulary that comes from reading at least 20 minutes a day – even during the summer. We hope you’ll encourage all the Kindergarten – 12th graders you know to sign up at TristarReads.com and help them find their adventure in a book this summer.

For more information and rules of entry, please visit TristarReads.com.