• TDOE Releases Final Set of Explainer Resources for TISA, the Tennessee Investment in Student Achievement

    Monday, March 21, 2022 | 09:55am

    Nashville, TN— Today, the Tennessee Department of Education released the final set of explainer resources about the Tennessee Investment in Student Achievement (TISA) to provide additional details on how the proposed student-based public education funding formula would focus on the needs of each individual student and ensure they are prepared for postsecondary success.

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  • TDOE & TERA Launch 2022 Tennessee Educator Survey

    Wednesday, March 09, 2022 | 10:05am

    Nashville, TN—Today, the Tennessee Department of Education and the Tennessee Education Research Alliance (TERA) at Vanderbilt University launched the 2022 Tennessee Educator Survey statewide. All educators, administrators, and certified school staff in Tennessee are invited to take the survey and share their perspectives and expertise on education issues affecting their classrooms and schools, to inform strategies and goals at the state, district, and local school levels.

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  • TDOE, UT System Establish Tennessee Reading Research Center: A Reading 360 Initiative

    Monday, March 07, 2022 | 12:29pm

    Knoxville, TN— Today, the Tennessee Department of Education and the University of Tennessee System announced the launch of the Tennessee Reading Research Center, a Reading 360 initiative, to evaluate and independently analyze how the state’s over $100 million investment of optional literacy supports and grants are improving student literacy rates, increasing the use of sounds-first instruction in Pre-K-3 classrooms, increasing the use of high-quality instructional materials, and preparing future educators for literacy instruction. Additionally, the center will analyze the implementation of the Tennessee Literacy Success Act.

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  • Tennessee Celebrates Literacy Month During March

    Tuesday, March 01, 2022 | 03:40pm

    Nashville, TN— Today, the Tennessee Department of Education announced throughout the month of March, the state is celebrating Tennessee Literacy Month, highlighting how Tennessee’s educators, families, and community partners are focusing on improving literacy experiences for early learners through strategic investments and optional, free resources. Additionally, the department is excited to announce 98 districts have been recognized as Reading 360 Districts for their commitment to teacher training, leader support networks, and focused work on early literacy.

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  • Gov. Lee, Commissioner Schwinn Unveil Tennessee Investment in Student Achievement Act

    Thursday, February 24, 2022 | 11:05am

    Nashville, TN- Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn released the details of the Tennessee Investment in Student Achievement (TISA) Act (SB2396/HB2143) that would transition Tennessee’s K-12 public schools to a student-based funding approach. Starting in the 2023-24 school year, the TISA would invest an estimated $9 billion in education funding for the state, including state and local funds, which includes $1 billion in new recurring state funds and $750 million in one-time state funds this year.

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  • 1,800+ Students Across Tennessee Now Preparing for College with Free, Online AP Classes

    Tuesday, February 22, 2022 | 11:18am

    NASHVILLE - Today, AP Access for ALL, a partnership between the Tennessee Department of Education and the Niswonger Foundation, announced its enrollment numbers for the 2021-22 school year, with over 1,800 students from 192 high schools statewide now enrolled in AP Access for ALL classes- helping students prepare for college, skip introductory classes, and earn college credit while still in high school. Additionally, students are encouraged to register for fall 2022 AP Access for ALL classes, which open on March 1.

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  • TISA Legislation Launches on Feb. 24 with Presentation from Gov. Lee and Commissioner Schwinn

    Wednesday, February 16, 2022 | 02:02pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn will share legislation for the new student-based funding formula, known as the Tennessee Investment in Student Achievement formula (TISA), on Thursday, February 24. Tennesseans will have access to a livestream presentation that breaks down key aspects of the legislation and funding proposal. Details about the presentation will be announced next week.

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  • TDOE Announces 67 Best for All Districts and #BestForAllDay to Recognize Strategic Spending on Student Achievement

    Friday, February 11, 2022 | 07:00am

    Nashville, TN- Today, the Tennessee Department of Education announced the 68 districts that have received statewide recognition as Best for All Districts for significantly investing federal COVID-19 stimulus funding to drive student achievement and improving academic outcomes. The department is celebrating these districts today for #BestforAllDay through a statewide livestream event from 9-10:30 a.m. CT, accessible here.

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  • Gov. Bill Lee’s 4th State of the State Agenda Proposes +$1 Billion New Recurring Funding for K-12 Public Education

    Monday, January 31, 2022 | 07:30pm

    Nashville, TN— Today, Governor Bill Lee proposed more than $1 billion new recurring funding for K-12 public education in Tennessee during his fourth State of the State Address, including a proposal for a new student-based public education funding formula, innovative school models in middle and high schools, new school buildings to get classrooms out of floodplains, and a $125 million increase for teacher compensation.

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  • TDOE  Announces Approval of  All Tennessee Districts’  ESSER Plans 

    Wednesday, January 26, 2022 | 01:53pm

    Nashville, TN— Today, the Tennessee Department of Education announced all 147 Tennessee school districts have received approval on their required ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) plans to spend more than $3.5 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funding to benefit K-12 public school students in their districts. Per U.S. Department of Education guidelines, all districts were required to develop plans that outlined their local spending strategies for their portion of the historic amount of federal funding.

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