FINALLY Today, the Tennessee Department of Education is set to release state-level TNReady scores for grades 3 to 8. Here’s what to expect. Chalkbeat

TAKING ATTENDANCE  Schools across the country are about to be held accountable for student attendance — attaching stakes to a measure that previously had much less significance and increasing the risk that schools will try to manipulate that data. Chalkbeat

TNDOE IN WASHINGTON U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander praises education leaders in Tennessee, Louisiana and New Mexico for having “taken the most advantage of the flexibility” afforded to them under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Times Free Press

READY TO READ Education Commissioner Candice McQueen says improving literacy is elusive in part because students get “skill and drill” instruction instead of teaching for understanding. The Tennessean

EARLY LEARNING Nashville schools director Shawn Joseph says parents are key to helping students learn to read at an early age. The Tennessean

SCIENCE OF LEARNING Hamilton County schools plan to implement a hands-on science curriculum designed by local teachers after receiving a low growth score from the state. Times Free Press

SUBURBAN REZONING Collierville parents say the district’s rezoning proposal was poorly planned, sending families further from home for school. The Commercial Appeal

STUDENT GROWTH For the first time in 12 years, Dickson County Schools receives its highest growth score on Tennessee’s value-added model. The Tennessean

BUILDING PROJECT Williamson County officials approve the first phase of a $70 million renovation for two Franklin schools. The Tennessean

FUTURE OF WORK Part of AT&T’s $81,000 donation to the Tennessee Board of Regents will go toward equipment at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Memphis to simulate a data disaster so students can practice recovery plans. Tri-State Defender

DOG DAYS BEGIN Dogwood Elementary School in Knoxville gets a dog as ‘principal’ as reward for students selling coupon books to raise money for Chromebook repairs and upgrades. Knoxville News Sentinel