Tennessee continues to take bold action and increase opportunities for students across the state. Through the work of Tennessee’s districts, schools, educators, elected officials, stakeholders and the department, our state’s K-12 education system operates strategically with a common goal in mind- providing the best for ALL students.

We will remain laser focused on closing gaps, strategically investing in proven initiatives, and accelerating student academic achievement. Tennessee K-12 public education will ensure each student has a place and is provided with every opportunity to succeed today and tomorrow.  

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Tennessee Celebrates 9th Annual National Apprenticeship Week, Nov. 13-17

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 | 03:00pm

Nashville, TN— This week, November 13 – 17, the Tennessee Department of Education is celebrating the 9th Annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), highlighting how apprenticeship programs build a stronger workforce and address labor market challenges through a combination of on-the-job training and high-quality curriculum and instruction. Across the state, there are now 45 certified pre-apprenticeship programs to support high school students in transitioning to one of seven different registered apprenticeship programs across 15 different areas of coursework.

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Tennessee Students Selected for Q&A Session with International Space Station Astronauts

Tuesday, November 07, 2023 | 10:24am

NASHVILLE, TN—Today, the Tennessee Department of Education is highlighting Brighton Elementary School in Tipton County Schools for being selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Downlink program to participate in a Q&A session with the astronauts currently aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The Earth-to-space call will air live on Wednesday, November 8th at 10:45 a.m. CT. The livestream is available here.

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Free ACT Retake Opportunities Available for All Tennessee High School Seniors

Tuesday, October 03, 2023 | 02:36pm

Nashville, TN—Today, the Tennessee Department of Education highlighted the free ACT retake opportunity for public high school seniors in Tennessee to boost their scores on the ACT college entrance exam.

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