TN Legislative Corner

Last week, several bills relevant to TSS priorities were heard in House Education Committees and we’re here to tell you all about them.

The House Curriculum, Testing, & Innovation Subcommittee debated House Bill (HB) 1554, which deals with the implementation of an annual assessment. We will be monitoring this bill as it makes its way through the Education Committee. We’ll keep you posted on advocacy opportunities, which will dive deeper into policy so that you can use your voice for Tennessee kids. 

See our #TSSPriorities Aligned Assessment video for more information on why this is critical.

The House Higher Education Subcommittee heard HB 1592, which is a state-wide pilot program modeled after Knox Promise. This bill will award completion grants to Tennessee Promise scholarship students in need of financial assistance. Completion of a certificate or degree is essential, and this model of coaching, mentoring, and grant assistance for our most at-risk students has the opportunity to change lives. HB 1592 was sent to the full House Education Committee and is scheduled to be heard this week.

Governor Lee’s 2020 State of the State Address is set for tonight at 6 PM CST before a joint session of the Tennessee General Assembly in the House Chamber at the Tennessee State Capitol. Stream the broadcast live here

The Tennessee General Assembly is hard at work this year and has introduced numerous bills within the education space. Catch up on bills filed last week here.

For a complete list of education legislation filed by the 111th 2019-2020 General Assembly, click here.

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#TSSPriorities: Aligned Assessment

Mr. Paul Troy, history educator from Hillsboro High School, shares about his experience with students and how aligned assessments, along with high expectations, serve students well and prepare them for their future.

Why Aligned Assessments Matter: A good test serves as an academic check-in confirming our students are on track for success and that our teachers, schools, and districts are supporting their growth. Aligned assessments go hand in hand with high academic standards. We must measure what matters. We advocate for better annual assessments, not more tests, as a critical tool ensuring Tennessee’s classrooms are on the right path to success and that each student receives the support they need to achieve better outcomes.

Click here to view the video. 

Click here to watch Dr. Cornett talk about why high academic standards matter.

To continue the conversation on social media, use the hashtag #TSSPriorities


National School Counseling Week Nominations are LIVE

February 3-7, 2020 is National School Counseling Week. We want to celebrate the impact and unique contribution of school counselor’s in schools across the state. Please take a moment to nominate a school counselor from your school or community and let us know why they deserve this recognition. We will choose a winner and celebrate that individual with a small gift. 


TSS 2020 Legislative Welcome Breakfast

Calendar of Events

February 3-7thNational School Counseling Week 

February 3rd Governor Bill Lee’s State of the State Address

February 4th10:30AM: House Higher Education Subcommittee

    12:00PM: House Curriculum, Testing, & Innovation Committee

    4:30PM: House K-12 Subcommittee 

February 5th1:30PM: Senate Education Committee

5:00PM: House Education Committee

February 6thGovernor Bill Lee’s State of East Tennessee Address

February 11th – 2020 TSS Day on the Hill

February 13th – Governor Bill Lee’s State of West Tennessee Address


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