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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.

Tennesseans for Student Success Releases Legislative Scorecard

NASHVILLE – Tennesseans for Student Success today released their yearly TNSuccessCard Scorecard and launched statewide efforts to engage with all Tennesseans on education reform issues.

“Every year, our elected officials meet in Nashville to debate, create, and ultimately pass legislation affecting Tennessee’s students,” said Tennesseans for Student Success President and CEO Adam Lister. “We launched the TNSuccessCard to clearly and concisely inform voters of the work done in the Tennessee General Assembly to support the four policy priorities driving student success: high academic standards, an aligned assessment, more choices in public education, and accountability for everyone involved in the classroom.

Lister continued: “As we talk to Tennesseans across the state, over and over again they tell us education is their top priority. Over the past 14 months, we’ve conducted a large-scale outreach effort and spoken with over 140,000 Tennesseans. Among likely voters, 25% also believe improving public education is a top priority when casting a ballot, while 100% of those we spoke with rank “improving public education” as one of their top three issues this year. As constituents seek out information related to their elected officials, the TNSuccessCard Scorecard will continue to be an easy-to-navigate, helpful tool for informing decisions at the ballot box.

 “Our classrooms deserve elected officials who advocate for student success. Whether by sponsoring legislation, pushing back against harmful amendments, or by serving as a strong, consistent voice for the policies that have led to Tennessee’s rise in national rankings, the people we send to Nashville must send a clear signal that education is their top priority. By evaluating their work in an open and honest manner, we know the TNSuccessCard will give their constituents a quick look at their dedication to student success.”

“Along with the TNSuccessCard, Tennesseans for Student Success will launch another air, data, and ground strategy over the next six months to ensure the 111th General Assembly is poised to continue the critical work to make certain every student in Tennessee has an opportunity to succeed. Committing $1M to the work, we are dedicated to engaging with Tennessee’s voters on the issue that matters most to our future.”

For more information about the TNSuccessCard Scorecard, please visit www.tnsuccesscard.com.

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