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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? 

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.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Turkeys and time with families and thankfulness, oh my!

Thanksgiving is upon us, and we love taking this week each year to share a few things we’re thankful for:

– More students are completing high school and are ready for success. On-time graduation rates are on the rise in Tennessee.
-More of our friends and neighbors say education is their number one priority. And they vote like it, too. Take a look at our Legislative Scorecard from last year and see how our legislators, with your help, supported education.
TNPathways is up and running in Tennessee helping more students today connect with certifications, jobs, training, and opportunities today for success tomorrow. There are 21 new industry certifications for our high school students, and we look forward to more ways for Tennessee’s students to be ready for success.
-Recent accountability results are encouraging for student success. More teachers, 72%, say the evaluation system has led to improvements in their teaching. More schools in Shelby County have exited state’s Priority Schools list. And 35.7% of 3-5th grade students were “on track” or “mastered” in ELA, up from 33.9% in 2017.
-You. We’re thankful for all the ways you support Tennessee’s students. We’re glad to be in this work with you.

From the Tennesseans for Student Success family to yours, we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!