Sorry To Bother You With Data But What Gets Measured Gets Done

August came in like a lion and is still roaring at peak strength on the local and state education fronts. I’ve checked out the numbers. The state’s year-over-year school performance data and the test scores in Nashville are painting a depressing picture for our city and state. I watched the drama play out surrounding the TNReady results, participated in several coffee meetings with a variety of … Continue reading Sorry To Bother You With Data But What Gets Measured Gets Done

Leaders of Tennessee’s Largest and Most Diverse Districts Done With TNReady

Outgoing Governor Bill Haslam and his Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen received a letter submitted by leaders of the two largest and most diverse school districts in the state of Tennessee requesting to be relieved from the state’s only standardized assessment. Metro Schools director Dr. Shawn Joseph and Shelby County superintendent Dorsey Hopson want nothing more to do with TNReady attributing their declaration of “no … Continue reading Leaders of Tennessee’s Largest and Most Diverse Districts Done With TNReady

TNReady Ambassador Program Informed By The Wisdom From The Frontlines

The Tennessee Department of Education recently announced the creation and deployment of a TNReady accountability corp to serve as the state’s eyes, ears, and thermometer on the ground. The newly minted group, TNReady Ambassadors, consists of 37 classroom teachers and testing coordinators who will be trained in all things TNReady and will “assist with planning and presenting professional development across the state; evaluate test day … Continue reading TNReady Ambassador Program Informed By The Wisdom From The Frontlines

TNReady Wasn’t Ready But Do Not Disregard Results

Let’s cut to the chase. Tennessee’s online standardized test administered last April is cloaked in controversy due to widespread technical issues at test time. Educators expressed anger. Lawmakers listened, then uncharacteristically leaped into action resulting in a test that carries no weight unless outcomes can add value. Test results are currently available for public consumption and the conversation, what little of it there is, is clouded … Continue reading TNReady Wasn’t Ready But Do Not Disregard Results

Here’s Something Different: Celebrating Tennessee’s Postsecondary Efforts

Education in Tennessee is a constant journey of contrasts mimicking the Volunteer State’s topography, with highs that rival the mountainous east, the lows of the central basin, and the volatility of the fault line beneath Memphis. We’ve seen great gains and soul-crushing setbacks. There is definitely a pronounced ebb and flow of education activity Tennessee; a predictable turbulence forcing Edu-watchdogs to live in a state … Continue reading Here’s Something Different: Celebrating Tennessee’s Postsecondary Efforts

Reflecting on the Year’s Education Scene and Honoring Nashville’s #EdChamps2017

Volume and Light is dedicated to amplifying and illuminating education issues and stories traditionally unavailable to readers. The mission is to offer a point-of-view of education utilizing my lens as a former public school district staffer, parent, and student. This blog seeks to inform families of the good, bad, and wrong, and because of the toxic environment for parent choice, 2017 saw dozens of posts … Continue reading Reflecting on the Year’s Education Scene and Honoring Nashville’s #EdChamps2017

Nashville’s Charters Sidestep Chatter and Run Up the Score

My grandmother would always say, “I can show you better than I can tell you.” It was a mantra she lived by, which meant, in practical terms, that if someone crossed her, she might not say much, but you could bet your bottom dollar swift and decisive action was sure to follow. I think the charter school leaders and parents might be taking a page … Continue reading Nashville’s Charters Sidestep Chatter and Run Up the Score

Tennessee, You Do Nobody Favors by Hiding How Many of Our Students Are Struggling

Last week I posted a blog about my wobbly hope in Tennessee’s education future, only to declare two hours later that my hope took a nosedive after receiving “good news” from the Tennessee Department of Education about our students’ latest standardized test scores. Just because it glitters… Don’t Fall for the ‘Good News’ Graph This is the first and only graphic state education officials pushed … Continue reading Tennessee, You Do Nobody Favors by Hiding How Many of Our Students Are Struggling

Remembering the Lens of Hope…

Just two hours ago I published a short post on Tennessee’s plan to educate every child through innovative strategies and how the state is leading the nation in changing the game. I wrote of belief in our state officials and of hope (though cautious). Then this happened. Excited to share that across all content areas, high school students improved their performance on TNReady! See more … Continue reading Remembering the Lens of Hope…

2017 Testing in Tennessee Is Off to a Great Start…Whether We Like It or Not

It’s Day 3 of TNReady, Tennessee’s renamed standardized test, and so far, so good! You may remember last year’s fatal glitches, but by all accounts, this year’s tests are smooth sailing. Check out Commissioner Candace McQueen below: TNReady is off to a successful start! Thousands of students have taken TNReady online with even more showing what they know on paper pic.twitter.com/5iXxq3ls77 — TN Dept of … Continue reading 2017 Testing in Tennessee Is Off to a Great Start…Whether We Like It or Not