Marta W. Aldrich, Chalkbeat

Marta W. Aldrich

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Franklin, TN, United States

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Support for TNReady rebounds after problem-free testing year, says new poll

Three years of technical problems and controversy surrounding the testing program don’t appear to have dampened Tennesseans’ support for annual tests. → Read More

Money over merit? New study says gifted programs favor students from wealthier families

Elementary school children from higher income families are far more likely to be in gifted programs than those from lower income families, the study says. → Read More

Tennessee governor appoints members of new state charter school commission

Gov. Bill Lee named nine Tennesseans Monday to serve on a new commission overseeing charter schools across the state. → Read More

Pearson is ramping up as Tennessee’s new testing company. Here’s how.

Leaders with Pearson Inc. have been crisscrossing Tennessee as the testing giant takes over the job of managing standardized testing for almost a million of the state’s public school students. → Read More

Schwinn retreats — for now — from changing how Tennessee judges its schools

Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn says she is backing off from pursuing changes to the way Tennessee judges its public schools this school year. → Read More

Tennessee fast-tracks voucher rules, but concerns resurface about testing accountability

The State Board of Education has given preliminary approval to a gamut of regulations governing the controversial program. → Read More

Tennessee fast-tracks voucher rules, but concerns resurface about testing accountability

The State Board of Education has given preliminary approval to a gamut of regulations governing the controversial program. → Read More

Tennessee hits record-high graduation rate in 2019. Find how your school did.

The rate of 89.7% is half a percentage point higher than the previous year/ → Read More

Tennessee hits record-high graduation rate in 2019. Find how your school did.

The rate of 89.7% is half a percentage point higher than the previous year. → Read More

A renewed debate in Tennessee: Should schools be judged by how much students know, or how much they grow?

Commissioner Penny Schwinn's agenda may include changes to how Tennessee schools are evaluated. → Read More

‘Someone needs to be fired,’ says lawmaker about letters sent to Tennessee school parents

Letters being distributed to families in dozens of Tennessee schools are creating a stir among education advocates. → Read More

Nearly 100 Tennessee schools found high lead levels in their water. Is your school on the list?

The first big wave of results are in under a new state law requiring water testing in schools constructed before 1998. → Read More

Nearly 100 Tennessee schools found high lead levels in their water. Is your school on the list?

The first big wave of results are in under a new state law requiring water testing in schools constructed before 1998. → Read More

Tennessee is about to replace its voucher-friendly House speaker with a voucher opponent

Rep. Cameron Sexton, a Republican from Crossville, is poised to become the next speaker of the House of Representatives. → Read More

One in three Tennessee teachers wants to leave the profession, survey says

Results from the latest Tennessee Educator Survey are both encouraging and troubling as fewer candidates pursue the teaching profession. → Read More

Six things to know about Tennessee’s TNReady scores coming out this week

Tennessee is set to release results of its annual tests for public school students on Thursday, marking the fourth year of scores in the era known as TNReady. → Read More

Pre-K benefits faded in Tennessee — but not for the reasons you think, says new study

A new study says long-lasting pre-K benefits depend on more than just the quality of the pre-K program. → Read More

Pre-K benefits faded in Tennessee — but not for the reasons you think, says new study

A new study says long-lasting pre-K benefits depend on more than just the quality of the pre-K program. → Read More

Tennessee will wait another year to grade its schools A-F

The delay gives another reprieve for low-performing schools in the state’s bottom 5 percent, most of which are in Memphis and Nashville. → Read More

Tennessee school turnaround models ASD and iZone either haven’t worked or are stalling out, new research finds

The Achievement School District has not generated improvements to student achievement during any of the district’s first six years. The study also found that students in Shelby County Schools’ Innovation Zone stopped showing academic gains after the program’s first three years. → Read More