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Weekly Email, December 10th, 2018

Every few weeks, we send around a few things you might have missed in the hustle and bustle of this season. A news story, a few photos from social media, and an article or two below to read at your leisure. Thanks for being an up-to-date champion of Tennessee’s kids!

-We awarded Tristar Reads scholarship to Collinwood Elementary School 4th grader Kyra Warrington. She read over 300 hours this summer, and we were thrilled to award her a $1,000 college scholarship. Click over to our Facebook page to see pictures from the event.

-Tennessee released an updated, redesigned report card to show progress and areas for improvement in every Tennessee school. Take a look around the new site and let us know what you think.

– A new round of Read to be Ready summer reading program grants were announced last week. We are grateful for the statewide focus on summer literacy and look forward to continuing to work with our partners to make sure every student in Tennessee is a lifelong reader and learner.

More to come. Make sure you’re following us on Facebook and Twitter for more to see, read, and learn. 

Weekly Update – December 4th, 2018

In football, there are rankings. In classrooms, report cards. And now, in Tennessee, there’s a new website that shows you how your school and district stack are performing. Have you seen it?

https://reportcard.tnk12.gov/ 

Released today, the new state report card looks at six different categories of student success that are indicators of how Tennessee’s kids are performing: academic achievement, student academic growth, chronically out of school, progress on English language proficiency, ready graduate, and graduation rate.

Each school receives a ranking from 0-4 based on achievement and growth in these six categories. Ratings are based on either how well the school is doing on each particular metric or on how much the school has improved in a metric over the past year.

We wanted to share some thoughts from our President and CEO Adam Lister on today’s release:

“If we share a common goal of increased student success, we must also champion accountability and know how and where each school is tackling the critical work of student achievement and growth. Tennessee’s new and improved State Report Card is intended to be a useful tool for engaging parents, teachers, community leaders, and all those who work to improve every classroom, every grade, and every school for every student. While politics resulted in this year’s Report Card leaving out valuable overall scores for every school, we hope this Report Card will further energize conversations around the dinner table about how each of us can support and improve public education.”  

Take a look at your state’s report card and see how your school is doing. We encourage you to use this dashboard of information as a jumping off point to conversations with your friends, community leaders, and elected officials on how your student’s school can continue to improve. As always, we’d love to help facilitate those conversations! Drop us a note and an invitation – we’re big fans of continuing conversations to help make sure every student in Tennessee has an opportunity to succeed.

Weekly Update – November 26, 2018

Are books on your Christmas list?

(if you need a good list, we’ve searched the internet and brought you several great lists of books for the holidays)

Strong literacy skills are one of the best gifts we can give our students. When our kids are strong readers, they are strong learners and strong contenders for academic and economic success. Kids who read today become learners for life.

That’s one of the reasons we launched Tristar Reads three years ago. As we move into the Holiday season, we’ll be traveling the state to award $1,000 college scholarships to this year’s three Tristar Reads winners. Be on the lookout for announcements regarding our last two winners.

We recently visited with Rowen Wilkinson and were thrilled to celebrate his success in reading this summer – and look forward to continuing to celebrate his success in life. Take a look at this Tennessean story highlighting Rowen’s outstanding dedication to literacy and help us celebrate the gifts reading brings.