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.

To learn more about the new school des­ig­na­tions and what they will mean for Ten­nessee, check out our resources below.

Want to learn more about School Improvement in Tennessee?

Watch Our Webinar 

Watch the The Ten­nessee Edu­ca­tion­al Equi­ty Coalition’s webi­nar to under­stand the new school des­ig­na­tions released in Sep­tem­ber 2018 by the Ten­nessee Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is my school on the 2018 Priority school list?

Click here to find out.

Is my school on the 2018 Reward school list?

Click here to find out.

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)