After collecting input from nearly 1,700 Tennesseans, the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) has released five student-focused priorities for the Volunteer State. The priorities offer guidance for education work through 2025 and build upon the approach of a similar report SCORE produced in 2009—shortly after the state received F’s from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for weak standards and postsecondary and workforce readiness.
From May to July 2017, SCORE held community conversations across the state, hosted dozens of focus groups and interviews, and surveyed educators to gather feedback about what’s working in Tennessee classrooms.
Through this listening tour, they developed five priorities:
- Make Tennessee The Best State To Live, Work, And Grow As A Teacher
- Support Every Student To Become A Strong Reader And Writer
- Develop School Leaders Who Are Ready To Lead People And Learning
- Ensure High School Is The On-Ramp To Postsecondary Studies And Jobs
- Provide Tennessee Students With The Greatest Needs A High-Quality Education
As the Volunteer State prepares to elect a new governor in 2018, these priorities are designed to support uninterrupted progress.