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Inside TNSuccess: June 16, 2021

House Education Committee to Hold Summer Study Session

House Speaker Cameron Sexton has approved a “summer study” session for members of the House Education Committee. It will be held September 22-23 and is expected to focus on chronic absenteeism, summer school, and the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS), which measures student growth year over year, regardless of whether the student is proficient on the state assessment. A full agenda with additional information will be forthcoming from the committee, and TSS will be closely monitoring all developments.

Don’t Forget to Sign Up for the 2021 Tristar Reads Program

The 2021 Tristar Reads program kicked off last week!

Students, with parent supervision, are encouraged to visit to sign up and log the hours they read each week from June 7th – September 6th. At the end of the summer, we will award three $1,000 scholarships to a student in elementary (K-5th grade), middle (6th-8th grade), and high school (9th-12th grade) who reads the most hours over the summer.

This year, we are partnering with Atmos Energy’s program to encourage students to sign up for a free 1-year subscription to Vooks – a way to digitally bring hundreds of books into your home. The free Vooks offer has been made possible by a donation from Atmos Energy. Students can claim their free subscription at

Thank you, Leader William Lamberth, for your leadership and commitment to passing important education policy during the 2021 legislative sessions. Tennessee’s children will be better off due to the work done this year.

In Case You Missed It

Main Street Nashville: Tristar Reads to award $1,000 scholarships to top summer readers
Chattanoogan: Sheron Smith Chosen As Finalist For Tennessee Teacher Of The Year
WRCB (Chattanooga): SCHOOL PATROL: Cleveland High awarded $42,000 from Perkins Reserve Grant for technical education costs
WRCB (Chattanooga): Tennessee schools and organizations continue to offer meals during the summer months
WBIR (Knoxville): Mountain View Academy celebrates graduation of 9 of its youth residents
Press Release: TDOE Awards $1M in Grants to Support Additional Endorsements for Tennessee Educators

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