• State Board of Education to Address Graduation and Teacher Candidate Requirements Amid Public Health Crisis

    Thursday, April 02, 2020 | 02:20pm

    Today, the State Board of Education announced that the Board will convene a special called electronic meeting April 9th at 2:00 PM CDT to enact emergency rules governing K-12 graduation requirements for Tennessee’s high school seniors in response to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. “Our Board takes our responsibility to students, educators, and districts very seriously, especially in times such as these,” said Ms. Lillian Hartgrove, chair of the State Board of Education. “Our members and staff are standing by to make this process as smooth and transparent as possible under these circumstances.” During the special called meeting, members of the Board will also address guidance regarding licensure issuance for teacher candidates set to complete their educator preparation programs during the 2019-2020 school year. Current educator preparation rules require student teachers to obtain 15 weeks of classroom teaching time. However, school closures across the state may prohibit teacher candidates from completing these requirements. “The State Board of Education serves as a bridge between the state legislature and local school districts,” said Ms. Hartgrove. “We will work to clarify expectations as set forth in the statute so that every school district understands the expectations for this unprecedented school year.”

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  • Nine Programs Exceed Expectations in Latest Educator Preparation Report Card

    Friday, February 14, 2020 | 12:01pm

    In its newly enhanced Educator Preparation Report Card, the State Board identified nine educator preparation providers (EPPs) as exceeding expectations in their preparation of the state’s future teachers and school leaders. “Our latest report card shows us that more educator preparation programs are meeting or even exceeding expectations in their work to prepare our state’s future teachers,” said Dr. Sara Morrison, executive director of the State Board of Education. “As we continue our partnership with program providers, we look forward to continuing to raise the bar on how we define successful educator preparation in Tennessee.”

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  • Advancing Our Schools Through a Strong Teacher Workforce

    Wednesday, February 05, 2020 | 10:00am

    Teachers are the heart of every successful school. Every day, teachers dedicate their time and energy to prepare the next generation for success in college and the world beyond. To meet that challenge, teachers must be well versed in the content they’re covering, the best ways to deliver it, and the science of learning and connection. In Tennessee, we want to make sure every teacher has the chance to master those skills, no matter how they reach the classroom. People assume that nearly all teachers arrive on the job after earning a four-year undergraduate degree in education. But in reality, there are many different ways to earn a teaching certificate, which reflect the diversity and flexibility of our education system. There are more than 40 educator preparation providers in Tennessee, giving people many options for transferring their drive and talent into the teaching profession. It’s especially important that mid-career professionals — people with experience in other fields from biology, computer science, to welding — can get the added training they need to bring real-world expertise to our students.

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  • Findings and Recommendations Report on Nashville Classical Charter School Appeal Released

    Monday, February 03, 2020 | 09:15am

    This morning, the State Board of Education’s Executive Director, Dr. Sara Morrison, released the report of her findings regarding the charter agreement amendment appeal submitted by Nashville Classical Charter School (NCCS); in her report, Dr. Morrison recommends that members of the State Board overturn the Metro Nashville Board of Education’s denial of a charter amendment petition for NCCS. Tennessee Code Annotated (T.C.A.) § 49-13-110 and State Board emergency rule 0520-14-01-.06 allow a charter school to appeal the denial of a charter amendment petition to the State Board of Education. In order to overturn the decision of the local board of education, the State Board must find that the local board’s decision to deny the charter amendment petition was contrary to the best interests of the students, local education agency (LEA), or community.

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  • Media Advisory: State Board to Release Enhanced Annual Educator Preparation Report Card

    Friday, January 31, 2020 | 10:43am

    Next month, the Tennessee State Board of Education will release the annual Educator Preparation Report Card with new enhancements and user tools. By law, the State Board is required to produce an annual report card on the performance benchmarks of educator preparation providers (EPPs). The enhanced interface allows users to filter data by EPP type, location, and the endorsement areas offered.

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  • Media Advisory: State Board to Celebrate 2019 Blue Ribbon and ESEA Distinguished Schools

    Friday, January 24, 2020 | 02:45pm

    Next month, the members of the Tennessee State Board of Education (SBE) will meet for its first quarterly meeting and workshop of 2020, where they will recognize Tennessee’s 2019 Blue Ribbon and ESEA Distinguished Schools. Blue Ribbon schools are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for their overall academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps among student groups. The National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators (NAESPA) recognizes ESEA Distinguished Schools for their student achievement gains as a result of collaborative and targeted efforts and innovations.

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  • Strengthening Our Emphasis on Special Education

    Tuesday, November 26, 2019 | 10:00am

    When we discuss or debate education policy, our students with special needs are seldom the first priority. Given that the majority of students are served through general education in traditional classrooms, it is very easy for special education to get lost in the mix. How then do we ensure that our most vulnerable students receive the support and services they need to achieve in their academic life? A study by Hechinger Report in 2017 suggested that "up to 90 percent of students with disabilities are capable of graduating high school fully prepared to tackle college or a career if they receive proper support along the way."

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  • State Invites Public to Share Feedback on K-12 Math Academic Standards

    Tuesday, November 12, 2019 | 12:00pm

    (NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — The Tennessee State Board of Education is inviting the public to provide feedback and comments on the state’s K-12 mathematics academic standards through December 6, 2019, at 12 PM CT. To facilitate suggestions on proposed revisions to the academic standards, the State Board launched a public review survey to allow Tennesseans to share their opinions on the current math academic standards. Public comments from the review website will be taken into consideration when the math academic standards are reviewed and updated in 2020. The State Board of Education is charged in law with reviewing all academic standards at least every six years in a thorough and transparent process, and this public survey is the first step in that process.

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  • State to Launch Math Academic Standards Public Review Website

    Tuesday, November 05, 2019 | 10:09am

    Later this month, the Tennessee State Board of Education will launch a review website where the public will be invited to provide feedback and comments on the current K-12 math academic standards. Public comments from the review website will be taken into consideration when the math academic standards are reviewed next year.

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  • State Board of Education Releases Reports on Knowledge Academy Appeals

    Thursday, October 24, 2019 | 08:00am

    On Thursday, the Executive Director of the State Board of Education (SBE), Dr. Sara Morrison, released the reports of her findings on the charter revocation appeals for Knowledge Academy, KA @ The Crossings, and Knowledge Academy High School; her recommendation to the State Board is to overturn the revocation decisions of the Metro Nashville Board of Education for these three schools. Tennessee Code Annotated (T.C.A.) § 49-13-122 allows a charter school governing board whose charter agreement has been revoked by a local board of education to appeal that decision to the SBE. Pursuant to T.C.A. § 49-13-122 and State Board Policy 6.110, the State Board staff conducts a de novo, on the record review of the local board of education’s decision, collects information from the local board of education and the charter school operator, and holds a public hearing to gather evidence from the charter school operator and the local school district.

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  • State Board of Education Mourns Death of Longest-Serving Member

    Tuesday, October 01, 2019 | 02:03pm

    (NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — It is with great sadness that the State Board of Education acknowledges the death of its longest-serving member, Mr. Fielding Rolston, who died unexpectedly this week in Kiawah, South Carolina at 78-years-old. “Fielding Rolston provided invaluable service to the students and citizens of Tennessee in his nearly 25 years on the board,” said Dr. Sara Morrison, executive director of the State Board of Education. “Under his leadership, Tennessee raised expectations for student learning, elevated support for educators and witnessed dramatic improvements in student achievement. He will be dearly missed by all who had the opportunity to work and learn alongside him."

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  • Governor Lee Celebrates Opening of KIPP Antioch College Prep at Ribbon Cutting Event

    Tuesday, October 01, 2019 | 08:30am

    (Nashville, Tenn.) —KIPP Nashville celebrated the opening of its new K – 8 campus, KIPP Antioch College Prep with a ribbon cutting ceremony honoring its founding families and students. With this addition, KIPP Nashville operates seven schools and educates 2,300 students across Davidson County. “This is an exciting moment for KIPP Nashville, as we continue to reach new families and students in service of our vision that one day, every student in Nashville will have access to a free, high-quality college-preparatory education,” Randy Dowell, KIPP Nashville Executive Director, said. “Fifteen years ago, we launched that vision with one middle school in East Nashville. Many of those founding KIPPsters are now college graduates, proving the possible, and in some cases, paying it forward by becoming teachers themselves. We look forward to being part of the vibrant, Antioch community, opening our doors to more students and educating the next generation of this city’s leaders.”

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  • Building the Workforce of Tomorrow in our Public Schools

    Tuesday, September 17, 2019 | 10:54am

    Technology changes at a rapid pace and the expectations of the workforce evolve along with these advancements. In order to ensure that our students are prepared to enter the workforce in careers that are both personally fulfilling to them and enable them to care for themselves and their families, we must constantly adapt our education and workforce development strategies. As the president and CEO of Saint Thomas Rutherford and the Saint Thomas Health regional hospitals, I have witnessed these changes firsthand in the onboarding and training process. New healthcare professionals must not only be proficient in their area of work but also adept at various technological skills. Longstandingindustries in our society, such as healthcare and manufacturing, traditionally required specific skill sets unique to that field. Today, however, work in every field also requires evolving skills and specializations, like data analytics and systems monitoring.

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  • State Board Releases Educator Preparation Providers Progress Report

    Monday, September 09, 2019 | 09:50am

    On Monday, the State Board of Education released the 2019 Educator Preparation Providers Progress Report: A Review of Improvements Over Time, a companion report to the annual Educator Preparation Report Card. This report highlights several educator preparation programs (EPPs) that made significant strides on the annual Report Card in the past several years. After first using Report Card data to identify EPPs with substantial improvements in a variety of areas, State Board staff conducted interviews with those EPPs to learn specific steps each provider took to improve. The goal of this report is to share several emerging practices that appear to be driving positive change in EPPs across Tennessee in an effort to support continuous improvement for educator preparation statewide. To read the 2019 Educator Preparation Program Progress Over Time Report or learn more about the 2018 Educator Preparation Report Card, visit our website.

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  • Postponement of Testing and Accountability Subcommittee

    Thursday, September 05, 2019 | 03:59pm

    The meeting of the State Board of Education Testing and Accountability Subcommittee scheduled for Friday, September 6th is postponed at the direction of the Board Chairman and at the request of the Chairmen of the Standing Committees on Education of the Tennessee Senate and House of Representatives. Please check back for updates on our schedule.

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