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Weekly Update – November 6, 2017

Did you see it?

We released our inaugural legislative scorecard. It features an analysis of bills filed, votes taken, and our position on them. You will be able to easily see how your elected official voted in work to make sure every student in Tennessee has an opportunity to succeed.

Our scorecard, affectionally referred to as the SuccessCard, helps to hold our elected officials accountable to those involved in the work to improve public education across the state. We know accountability for everyone involved in the classroom is one of the keys to student success. Austin McMullen, TSS Board Chairman, highlighted the need for accountability in our Scorecard release. Here’s our announcement video.

We hope you take a few minutes to look around the TNSuccessCard site. Find your elected officials and drop them a note to share your thoughts on student success. Share our page with your networks. The scorecard is your tool, and we hope you enjoy using it.

If you’re following us on Facebook and Twitter, you’ve seen our recent op-ed, penned by Board Member Christi Gibbs. As we all get back in gear for the 2018 Legislative Session, we are reminded of Christi’s words:

“Tennessee’s historic improvement in math, reading, and science is worth celebrating – and defending. Each session of the Tennessee General Assembly brings opportunity to either further enshrine the policies and support the people who have helped bring about student success, or deliberately undermine the work being done in Tennessee’s classrooms for short-term political gain.”

We’ll spend the next few weeks showcasing more tools to use in the new year and that means a few more emails in your inbox as we get ready. We can’t thank you enough for the work you do for all of Tennessee’s students.

Weekly Update – October 23, 2017
In case you missed it on Facebook or Twitter, we had a blast the past few days celebrating our Tristar Reads winners. Joining with Arch, Sarah, and Madison’s families, teachers, and friends, we awarded three $1,000 college scholarships and encouraged a continued love of reading. It was great to be in these three schools and see a culture of literacy and student success.

Go ahead and mark your 2018 calendars. We’ll be launching another Tristar Reads summer of imagination and reading on May 1st. We hope you’ll be a part of our third year of inviting Tennessee’s students to pick up a book, read 20 minutes each day, and help stop the summer slide.

While you’re looking at your calendar, we wanted to invite you to a press conference tomorrow. At 10:30 Central tomorrow morning, on the steps of Legislative Plaza, we’ll be launching the TNSuccessCard.

This scorecard will be a one-stop-shop providing information, voting records, and legislation filed relating to student success. As we continue the work to support our four policy priorities, rigorous academic standards, an assessment aligned to those standards, more public school choice, and accountability for everyone involved in the classroom, we know our TNSuccessCard website will be a helpful tool. Informing Tennessee’s constituents how their elected officials support student success, showcasing legislation that affects policy priorities, and highlighting the work to move those priorities forward is a key part of our work.

 

If you can’t make the Legislative Plaza press conference tomorrow in Nashville, we hope you’ll tune into our Facebook page for the replay and more information on this exciting tool for student success.