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NPT Reports on the Immigrant Side of the Dropout Crisis in `Translating the Dream`

Published on October 3, 2012 By Kevin Crane

Half-hour documentary presented as part of NPT’s ‘American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen’ Initiative; airs Thursday, October 4 at 9:30 p.m. NASHVILLE, Tennessee – October 3, 2012 – According the Tennessee Department of Education 2011 Report Card , the graduation rate for among English Language Learners (ELL) students in the state in was 70%, compared […]

NPT Reports: Time for TCAPS!

Published on May 2, 2012 By lturner

The hallways of John Coleman Elementary in Smyrna, Tennessee, look like a pep rally before a big game. But in this case, the banners, balloons, spirit signs, and daily pep talks were preparation for the Super Bowl of school testing in Tennessee: TCAP, Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program. “They work all year long for this one […]

(NPT Reports) E.L.L. Graduates Don`t Always Count in TN Graduation Rate

Published on January 30, 2012 By lturner

  Every high school diploma does not count when it comes to the graduation rate in Tennessee. Beginning last year with the Class of 2011, students are required to finish high school in 4 years by age 18 in order to count in the state graduation rate ( see “Calculating and Reporting High School Graduation […]

(NPT Reports) Evaluating the Teacher Evaluations in Tennessee

Published on November 4, 2011 By lturner

  Joe Phillips sits in a 5th grade classroom at John Colemon Elementary in Smyrna, Tennessee. He’s writing furiously, rarely looking up. After about 40 minutes, Phillips gets up and leaves while class continues — clipboard in hand, still writing– and goes to the principal’s office: his office.   Phillips has been school principal here […]

(NPT Reports) Free Public Online Schools Create Stir in Tennessee

Published on November 2, 2011 By lturner

When it’s time for school to start, Jayla Slater doesn’t leave her dining table at home. The 5th grader receives her lessons through a computer. She and her sister, Jalea, are enrolled in Tennessee Virtual Academy—the state’s first public online school. “It’s not a person speaking in front of you, but it is kind of […]

(NPT Reports) Pre-K Students In Tennessee 80% Better Prepared Than Their Peers

Published on October 4, 2011 By lturner

Children who attend pre-kindergarten in Tennessee are much better prepared for school, especially in literacy and math, according to early findings by researchers at Vanderbilt University Peabody Research Institute. The results show pre-k students (typically age 4) have gains over their peers in all subject areas as well as indicators that affect future school performance […]

(NPT Reports) Bitter Harvest: Rural Schools Left Behind In `No Child Left Behind`

Published on September 27, 2011 By lturner

When a small town school fails under No child Left Behind, it affects more than just those students. It can leave an entire community scrambling to deal with the implications. For one thing, many rural school districts have so few schools that if one fails, there is not another choice for students to attend—even though […]