Bob Eby to Join Teacher Preparation Report Card Advisory Council
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — State Board of Education Executive Director Dr. Sara Morrison has invited Mr. Bob Eby, representing the third congressional district, to join the Board’s Teacher Preparation Report Card Advisory Council.
“Bob brings valuable perspective and experience from his time on the Oak Ridge Board,” Dr. Morrison said. “Since joining the State Board in April, he has jumped right into the work, making meaningful contributions to state-level policy decisions. We are pleased to have him on the Teacher Preparation Report Card advisory council because he understands the impact this work has at the local district level.”
The Teacher Preparation Report Card Advisory Council has convened since 2016 when the State Board launched the redesigned report card to provide greater public transparency around the relative strengths and areas for improvement in educator preparation programs across the state. Tennessee’s Teacher Preparation Report Card has become a valuable evaluation tool for prospective teachers as well as universities seeking to strengthen their educator preparation programs.
Mr. Eby will join a team of 12-15 stakeholders including representatives from educator preparation providers, school districts, state agencies, and advocacy organizations to make enhancements to the forthcoming edition of the annual report card, which is released each February.
Mr. Eby first joined the State Board of Education in April 2018 following his appointment to the board by Governor Bill Haslam in February. He brings with him a 33 year-career, including 16 years of experience on the Oak Ridge Board of Education where he served as chairman from 1991 to 1995 and vice-chairman from 2009-2018.
While serving on the Oak Ridge Board of Education, Mr. Eby spearheaded several major activities for the Oak Ridge Schools, most notably, championing the recent school’s strategic plan, Oak Ridge 2020, which has become a model for school systems in the state.
The State Board of Education is the governing and policy-making body for Tennessee’s preK-12 public education system, and through a close partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education, maintains oversight in K-12 implementation and academic standards. Its eleven member board, composed of representatives from each congressional district, a student member, are unpaid governor’s appointees, and confirmed by the legislature to serve five year terms. The executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission serves as an ex-officio, non voting member.