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Tennessee students may soon be taking standardized tests with paper and pencil. The Department of Education has offered a two-year, $60 million contract to Questar Assessment to administer standardized testing to students from third through eighth grades beginning in the 2016-17 school year.

Tenn. Standardized Testing to be Scaled Back

Apr 5, 2016
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Tennessee's top education official has announced that students will be spending less time taking standardized tests next year. 

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is launching a new leadership program he hopes will create a pipeline of highly trained principals for schools.

The state will work with Vanderbilt University and local districts to nominate, select and train up to 30 participants a year in the program.

Tennessee lawmakers are planning a hearing on the panel that vets textbooks for use in public schools.

The Senate's education and government operations committees are scheduled to hold two days of joint hearings on the Tennessee Textbook Commission beginning next Monday.

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The Tennessee Department of Education is planning a statewide School Safety Summit for next month. Department spokeswoman Kelli Gauthier says the meeting is a result of concerns following last week’s deadly elementary school shooting in Connecticut.


The Tennessee Department of Education is revising its teacher licensing standards.  Education board representatives and review teams of teachers will announce details later today in Nashville. The department said revisions made will be in partnership with the state board, the Educational Testing Service and review teams consisting of teachers, district administrators and higher education faculty. The department said it recognizes the need to set rigorous expectations for teacher preparation and licensing.


A new Tennessee Department of Education report addresses educators’ concerns about the way certain test scores are used to evaluate teachers. 

A Tennessee Department of Education report suggests making student test scores a smaller portion of teachers' evaluations if specific testing data is not available to the teachers.