School Improvement in Tennessee
A Strong Accountability System
Strong accountability systems set high expectations for all students and prompt action when any school or group of students struggles to meet goals and or make meaningful progress. The goal of our K-12 public education system is success for all students, and we have a shared responsibility to expect improvement in schools that are not meeting targets. Schools and districts in Tennessee must implement a school improvement process that ensures schools and students receive the requisite supports, resources, and access to effective teachers as early as possible. For far too long the students who attend Priority Schools in Tennessee are those who are historically underserved, including students of color, English Learners, those living in poverty or with a disability. We must strive together to ensure that every student succeeds in Tennessee.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is my school on the 2018 Priority school list?
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Is my school on the 2018 Reward school list?
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How can I get involved in my school or district’s improvement plan?
- VOLUNTEER to serve on a needs assessment or school improvement planning team
- INVITE other parents, community leaders and organizations to partner with the school and district
- ASK the district to include family and community engagement as a key component in their improvement plans
- SHARE your experience with the cultural and historical context of your school to help inform community and family engagement
- HELP schools and districts reach parents with information and improvement plans by advising where and how are the best ways to reach parents at your school
- MAKE SURE plans are available in relevant languages for parents and community members
- OFFER any resources you have or know of that could help schools serve students and particular student sub-groups (i.e. military, EL, migrant, low-income, rural, or specific racial, linguistic or ethnic groups)
Are there any school improvement resources for parents, community members and advocates?
ESSA and School Improvement Resources
The School Improvement Process
School Improvement Under the Every Student Succeeds Act
For Equity-Oriented State Leaders
Implementing Change: Rethinking School Improvement Strategies and Funding Under ESSA
Early Interventions for School Improvement
Family Engagement and School Improvement
High-Impact Family Engagement: A Core Strategy for School Improvement
Tennessee School Improvement Resources
TDOE Parent FAQs
TDOE School Accountability: ESSA Updates
TDOE Frequently Asked Questions
How has iZone Teacher Recruitment Affected the Performance of Other Schools?
Driving Improvement in Low Performing Schools
School Turnaround After Five Years
Creating Conditions for Effective State Support for School Turnaround
Recruitment and Retention of Teachers in Tennessee’s Achievement School District and iZone Schools
Defining and Measuring Progress in Improving Low-Performing Schools