Robert Drake teaches Algebra 2 to a classroom full of English Language Learners at Smyrna High School, and he knows it will take more than chalkboards and calculators. He jumps, waves and moves around the classroom while animatedly explaining math concepts. When his students still look puzzled about a lesson on factoring, Drake turns to [...]
Smaller class size is a big factor in improving student performance– one of many revealing comments from teachers who gathered for a town hall style discussion at Nashville Public Television. The Teacher Town Hall drew more than 100 teachers from several different school districts in middle Tennessee. Here is a preview of the broadcast that will air [...]
Tennessee is leaving behind No Child Left Behind with approval from the Obama Administration. Governor Haslam says the federal standards have become impossible to meet. But Tennessee will continue to work hard at education reform in a way that is effective yet realistic.
Tennessee is one of 10 states that will receive waivers under the federal No Child Left Behind Law, according to an announcement by President Barack Obama on Thursday. The President will release details of the waivers later today. For more on this developing story, click here for the Associated Press.
Every high school diploma does not count when it comes to the graduation rate in Tennessee. Beginning last year with the Class of 2011, students are required to finish high school in 4 years by age 18 in order to count in the state graduation rate ( see “Calculating and Reporting High School Graduation [...]
For many students who do not make it to high school graduation, there are warning signs; indicators that are not obvious or that may be disregarded until it is too late. If educators could spot drop-out indicators every day for each student, they would have a powerful tool for improving the graduation rate. Nashville School officials [...]
A typical 8th grade public school student is 13 or 14 years old. But in thousands of cases each year in Tennessee, 8th grade students do not earn enough credits to move on to 9th grade. That could mean a student who is 15, 16 or older is kept behind in 8th grade if not [...]
Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) received critiques recently from two influential groups about what is and is not working in the district’s improvement plan called MNPS Achieves. The plan is closely monitored by the National Advisory Panel of 5 education experts recruited by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR), which consults for MNPS. Members of [...]
The school day has just begun at the Academy at Old Cockrill Academy at Old Cockrill in Nashville, when a loud air horn goes off in the hallway. The noise brings students and teachers from their classrooms with smiling faces, knowing looks and a buzz of excitement. Everyone at this non-traditional high school knows what it [...]
What do Tennesseans think about some hot-button education issues? According to a recent poll by Vanderbilt University, pre-kindergarten and early childhood education are high priority for people in Tennessee. More than 3 out of 5 Tennesseans say the state should spend more money on pre-k programs. Currently pre-k in Tennessee is funded at $ 83-million [...]