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Tennesseans for Student Success Announces Scholarship Winners
NASHVILLE – Tennesseans for Student Success today announced the winners of Tristar Reads, an annual contest to encourage students across the Volunteer State to read for at least 20 minutes a day during the summer break.

A $1000 scholarship will be awarded to one elementary school (K – 5th grade) student, one middle school student (6th – 8th grade), and one high school student (9th – 12th grade) who participated in the Tristar Reads program, read, and logged the most hours over the course of the summer.

“From Bristol to Memphis, Clarksville to Chattanooga, we are excited so many of Tennessee’s kids found their adventure in books this summer,” said Tennesseans for Student Success President and CEO Adam Lister. “Reading 20 minutes a day introduces kids to 1.8 million words a year. This year’s readers logged more than 140,000 minutes of reading and helped keep their literacy, reading, and comprehension skills sharp for the school year.”

The three winners for 2017 are:

  • K – 5th Grade Winner: Sarah Collier, a 5th grade student at Harpeth Middle School in Kingsport Springs, TN, is the K – 5th grade winner. Sarah read more than 211 hours over the summer. A few of the books Sarah enjoyed include the Warriors book series by Erin Hunter, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling, the Spirit Animals book series, and the Bible.
  • 6th – 8th Grade Winner: Arch Herring, an 8th grade student at Ocoee Middle School in Cleveland, TN, is the 6th – 8th grade winner. Arch read more than 338 hours over the summer. Arch enjoyed reading the Five Kingdoms series by Brandon Mull, Quidditch through the Ages by J.K. Rowling, The Prisoner’s Dilemma by William Poundstone, and the Inheritance Cycle series by Christopher Paolini.
  • 9th – 12th Grade Winner: Madison Brewer, a 12th grade student at Hancock County High School in Sneedville, TN, is the 9th – 12th grade winner. Madison read 296 hours over the summer. A few of the books Madison read over the summer include the Selection series by Kiera Cass, the Fallen series by Lauren Kate, First Love by James Patterson, and the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer.

Lister continued: “Tennesseans for Student Success launched this initiative in 2016 to encourage summer reading. We are proud of all our summer readers and look forward to celebrating their continued success.”

For more information on the Tristar Reads program, visit www.tristarreads.com.

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Weekly Update – October 9, 2017

Don’t be discouraged – our students, teachers, parents, and all those involved in Team Classroom are on the right path.

Last week, the Department of Education released the 2017 TNReady results. If you’ve been a Tennessean for Student Success for the last few years, you’ve heard us say this would be a baseline year. This year – with the assessment aligned to our new, rigorous academic standards – would be the first year we measured what our students actually knew and where they were on the pathway to success.

We wanted to share with you the statement we put out last week:

“Today’s TNReady results highlight the work ahead for all those involved in Team Classroom.

“The good news – 79% of our students have mastered, are on track, or are approaching where they need to be in English Language Arts. In math, 74%. In both categories, the largest student segments are in the third of four achievement levels: approaching. These achievement levels give teachers, parents, and students a stronger understanding of where additional help is needed and which students are gaining ground. With the information coming from today’s TNReady results, and the district-level results in weeks to come, all those involved in the classroom will have a clearer picture of which standards our students are mastering and where every student needs additional support for success.

“In this baseline year, we value data that gives an accurate and honest look at where our students truly are in the trajectory for success. While TNReady scores cannot be compared to previous TCAP assessment data, everyone should be concerned that 21.5% and nearly 26% of our students are below course expectations in English Language Arts and math. While we are confident our students will show growth from this baseline, ensuring every child in the state has an opportunity to succeed will require hard work and continued commitment to the policies that have been driving student success in Tennessee over the last few years.

“As we look at the results from grades 3-8, we are mindful of this moment in the history of education in Tennessee. Ten years ago, the state received an “F” in preparing students for life after graduation. Gone, now, are the days when students are declared ‘ready’ or ‘proficient’ with no data to prove that claim, leaving scores of students woefully unprepared for life outside the classroom.

“We are confident we are on the right track. It is the job of everyone involved in Tennessee’s classrooms to work and ensure every student is ready for success. Through rigorous academic standards and an assessment aligned to those standards, we can be certain every Tennessee student is on a pathway for opportunity.”

There’s work to be done, certainly, but this isn’t a moment to change direction. We are confident the next several years will show growth in student mastery as we continue to use this data to help make sure every student in Tennessee is prepared for success after graduation.

Tennesseans for Student Success on 2017 TNReady Results
“Today’s TNReady results highlight the work ahead for all those involved in Team Classroom.
 
“The good news – 79% of our students have mastered, are on track, or are approaching where they need to be in English Language Arts. In math, 74%. In both categories, the largest student segments are in the third of four achievement levels: approaching. These achievement levels give teachers, parents, and students a stronger understanding of where additional help is needed and which students are gaining ground. With the information coming from today’s TNReady results, and the district-level results in weeks to come, all those involved in the classroom will have a clearer picture of which standards our students are mastering and where every student needs additional support for success.
 
“In this baseline year, we value data that gives an accurate and honest look at where our students truly are in the trajectory for success. While TNReady scores cannot be compared to previous TCAP assessment data, everyone should be concerned that 21.5% and nearly 26% of our students are below course expectations in English Language Arts and math. While we are confident our students will show growth from this baseline, ensuring every child in the state has an opportunity to succeed will require hard work and continued commitment to the policies that have been driving student success in Tennessee over the last few years.
 
“As we look at the results from grades 3-8, we are mindful of this moment in the history of education in Tennessee. Ten years ago, the state received an “F” in preparing students for life after graduation. Gone, now, are the days when students are declared ‘ready’ or ‘proficient’ with no data to prove that claim, leaving scores of students woefully unprepared for life outside the classroom.
 
“We are confident we are on the right track. It is the job of everyone involved in Tennessee’s classrooms to work and ensure every student is ready for success. Through rigorous academic standards and an assessment aligned to those standards, we can be certain every Tennessee student is on a pathway for opportunity.”

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