Nearly a decade ago, Tennessee embarked on an ambitious effort to strengthen teaching and learning from Chattanooga to Memphis. The effort has demonstrated that statewide comprehensive teacher reform is possible. And it is has provided a blueprint for how to achieve that important goal.
FutureEd Director Thomas Toch talked with Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen and FutureEd Senior Fellow Lynn Olson, author of our recent report on the state's efforts, about the successes in the Volunteer State and the challenges that remain.
"I think every measure that we use to look at improvement in education in the lives of Tennessee students is improving," said McQueen, who will step down in January to the lead the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching.