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

Friday, January 24, 2020 | 02:45pm

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                                                                                                  CONTACT: Elizabeth Tullos  January 24, 2020                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              615-741-2966
                                    State Board of Education to Celebrate 2019 Blue Ribbon and ESEA Distinguished Schools 

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.

WHAT:      SBE Quarterly Meeting
WHERE:   Tennessee Board of Regents
                   1 Bridgestone Park
                   Nashville, TN 37214
WHEN:     Thursday, February 6 from 1:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. CT
                    Friday, February 7 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CT

Members of the State Board will also consider items relevant to educator licensure and evaluation, charter schools, and career and technical education standards. During the quarterly workshop, the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) commissioner will present on further details and updates to the TDOE Strategic Plan, “Best for All.”All agenda items and live stream links are posted on the State Board of Education website.  


The Tennessee State Board of Education is a ten-member, governor-appointed and legislatively confirmed board charged under the law with rulemaking and policymaking for K-12 education. Through a close partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education, the Board maintains oversight in K-12 implementation and academic standards.