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Tennessee Project

Is Tennessee really winning the race to the top?

In November 2013, a Brookings Institution blog questioned whether TN deserved to call itself #1 or even if its overall NAEP gains were accurately represented. ECF has called for a replay.  Our findings: In a top-ten style ranking based on a composite of…

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How Effective are the Teachers in Your School District?

In Tennessee and a few other states, teacher effectiveness can be assessed on the basis of the student achievement gains of their students.   Although there are exceptions like the reports that were undertaken by the Los Angeles Times,…

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Tennessee releases 2012 district-level TCAP data

The Tennessee Department of Education has released 2012 TCAP results at the district level; ECF has posted that data in the form of an interactive chart comparing poverty versus reading proficiency in grades 3-8, as well as in PDF…

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ECF Releases 2012 School Performance Charts for Tennessee Elementary and Middle Schools

Each year, ECF takes the value-added performance data provided by the state of Tennessee and presents it in the form of charts for elementary and middle schools in the state. This format allows parents and…

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ECF releases charts showing 3rd grade reading performance in key TN districts

Testing outcomes of the past 20 years show that less than half of Tennessee’s school children are mastering reading by the end of the 3rd grade. At some metropolitan schools, less than 10% of students…

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ECF Looks at Tennessee’s Report on Teacher Training Outcomes

For the past several years, Tennessee has published a report on outcomes from the state’s teacher training programs. The Education Consumers Foundation looks at how effective these programs are, and what can be learned from…

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Needed in Tennessee: An Early Reading Revolution

In a November 2011 position paper, the Education Consumers Foundation highlights the lack of progress in boosting literacy rates in Tennessee schools and introduces Direct Instruction as a proven solution. Click here to access this…

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Are Tennessee’s Children Learning to Read?

Reading is the most essential skill that children learn in school. It is taught over a 4-5 year period that begins in preschool or kindergarten and extends to 3rd grade. Beyond 3rd grade, schooling turns…

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