From time to time, we trade our weekly emails for a list of articles that caught our eyes. Some short, some long, but all related to education conversations in Tennessee, we know you’ll appreciate having these news-worthy links in your inbox. Want to meet up and talk about some of them? Know there’s an open invitation from our Field Team (email info@tnsuccess.org) for coffee and conversations.

– Did you know? Tennessee offers a free, in-school ACT retake to all public high school seniors. The 2018 ACT Retake takes place on October 16th and 30th. Learn more about the importance of the ACT and the impact it can have on student success.

– The National Council on Teacher Quality recently released reports on six places where teacher evaluation systems are getting positive results. One of them? We’re proud to say Tennessee is among that list. Here’s a link to the report with a few things we enjoy highlighting: Tennessee’s teacher evaluation system recognizes strong teachers and keeps them in the classroom, helps all teachers improve, and correlates with increased student achievement.

– Tara Scarlett penned an op-ed in the Tennessean recently focusing on the importance of student achievement, success, and preparation in early grades. Scarlett writes: “We know that when students are not proficient by third grade, they are four times more likely to drop out of high school and 60 percent less likely to pursue a post-secondary degree. Once students fall behind in third grade, they tend to stay behind or fall further.”

And a bonus – Tennesseans for Student Success’ Adam Lister was interviewed and offered his thoughts on the state’s recent Reward and Priority School report. Listen to his full interview here.

We’re serious about that invitation for coffee and conversations. Drop us a note and our Field Team will be in touch. Thanks for all you do for Tennessee’s kids – you’re a key link in the work for student success.