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July 27, 2016
Two Nashville teacher residencies selected to partner with national center
New teacher residencies through Project Renaissance and Belmont University receive support from the National Center for Teacher Residencies.
April 25, 2016
Sen. Lamar Alexander on the nation’s new education law, and how it could shape Tennessee schools
Tennessee's senior senator says the goal of the Every Students Succeeds Act is to leave decisions about schools up to local stakeholders.
Politics & Policy
March 10, 2016
Tennessee’s state-run school turnaround district poised to escape lawmakers’ intervention — again
Only two of seven bills related to the state-run Achievement School District appear to still be in play in this year's legislative session. Both are watered down.
Turnover at the top
February 3, 2016
Three of Tennessee’s four largest school districts in the hunt for superintendent
Rick Smith's sudden departure from Hamilton County means three of Tennessee's highest-profile urban districts have a leadership void.
November 16, 2015
Nashville’s mayor, school board reset the dial to find a new director
Nashville's rocky search for a new school chief prompts the city's leaders to reset the quest to include a 17-member community task force.
September 1, 2015
Nashville mayoral hopefuls offer their visions for the city’s schools
Facing a runoff election on Sept. 10, candidates Megan Barry and David Fox Runoff sound off on charters, school desegregation, state funding and more.
July 6, 2015
Next Nashville mayor will help shape city’s schools
In August, Nashville will elect a new mayor to succeed Karl Dean and is expected to continue a legacy of impacting education in Tennessee's second-largest city.
July 1, 2015
Jesse Register on his legacy as director of Metro Nashville Public Schools, and advice for the future
In an interview with Chalkbeat on his last day on the job, Nashville's outgoing schools director talks about what he's learned — and offers advice for his successor.
April 15, 2015
Nashville schools director hails high expectations, diversity in final address
In his final State of Nashville Schools address, the district's outgoing director urges leaders "to believe that every child can learn," including students who struggle with poverty or disabilities.
September 4, 2014
Tennessee’s largest districts expand focus on pre-K despite Haslam’s hesitancy
Both of Tennessee's largest school districts, in Nashville and Memphis, are pushing not only to expand pre-K, but to make it more effective by increasing standards in Memphis and creating model centers in Nashville.
November 5, 2013
State denies request to drop student surveys from Nashville evaluations
Nashville superintendent Jesse Register’s request to drop the scores of a student survey from teachers’ evaluations has been denied, according to the Tennessee Education…
October 29, 2013
Nashville asks to drop student surveys from evals — for now
Nashville's schools chief has asked the state to exclude this fall's student survey results from teachers' evaluations this year, citing a "problematic" rollout. Jesse Register said the measure should be excluded from evaluations for the moment because teachers had not gotten to see the first round of survey results until this week. But he told teachers and principals in an email this afternoon that he stands by the survey, called TRIPOD, as "one of the most valid and reliable measures" that the district uses in its teacher evaluations. Under Tennessee's new teacher evaluation system, survey results factor into some teachers' annual ratings. (Memphis has used the survey in its teacher evaluation system for years.) The Gates Foundation-funded Measures of Effective Teaching study found that student feedback and teacher observations combined were more closely correlated with teacher effectiveness than observations alone, or any number of other attributes of teachers. But teachers in Tennessee and beyond have criticized the measure, arguing that it could give teachers an incentive to put student approval ahead of student learning.
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