Education

Commissioner McQueen Names Greene County Superintendent Chief Academic Officer

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 | 07:27 am

CAO Will Lead Instructional Teams, Including New College and Career Readiness Division

NASHVILLE— Education Commissioner Candice McQueen today announced that Dr. Vicki Kirk, superintendent of Greene County Schools, will join the Tennessee Department of Education as the chief academic officer and one of three deputy commissioners.

Tennessee Launches Statewide Partnership with Hope Street Group Teacher Fellowship to Connect TN Teachers to Education Policy

Monday, February 23, 2015 | 10:12 am

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Education announced today a new partnership with Hope Street Group, a national nonprofit organization known for its teacher engagement work. The Tennessee Education Association and the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) join the department in partnership supporting Hope Street Group’s efforts to elevate educator voice and improve teacher leadership opportunities through its Hope Street Group Tennessee State Teacher Fellowship.

Commissioner McQueen Kicks Off Statewide Tour of Classrooms

Friday, February 13, 2015 | 03:11 pm

NASHVILLE— Education Commissioner Candice McQueen on Friday kicked off a statewide tour of classroom visits where she plans to connect with 10,000 Tennessee teachers. The commissioner, whose tour began in her hometown of Clarksville, is committed to this goal as a way to listen and learn from Tennessee educators.

Haslam Names Candice McQueen Education Commissioner

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 | 01:32 pm

Teacher, Dean of Lipscomb University’s College of Education to Lead Department  
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that Dr. Candice McQueen, a teacher and dean at Lipscomb University in Nashville, will join his cabinet as commissioner of the Department of Education.
 
McQueen, 40, currently serves on Lipscomb University’s executive leadership team as senior vice president, and as dean she oversees the College of Education as well as the 1,300 pre-k through 12th grade students in three schools at Lipscomb Academy.  She has led training, support and professional development efforts for thousands of current and future classroom teachers, instructional coaches and school leaders. Before joining Lipscomb in 2001, McQueen was a teacher in elementary and middle schools.

Haslam Outlines Initiatives To Support Teachers

Tuesday, December 09, 2014 | 04:20 pm

 Proposals address testing, evaluations, local control and teacher input
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced several key initiatives to support Tennessee teachers in response to direct feedback from educators across the state.  The proposals reflect input that the governor received during statewide meetings with more than 150 educators and that came out of an education summit he co-hosted with Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell in September.  

Haslam Announces Education Commissioner To Depart

Friday, November 14, 2014 | 10:35 am


Tennessee made historic academic progress during governor’s first term in office
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that Kevin Huffman, commissioner of the Department of Education, will be departing the administration to move into the private sector.
 
“Improving education in Tennessee has been a top priority for our administration, and having someone of Kevin’s caliber to lead the charge during this time of significant progress has made a difference,” Haslam said. “I am very grateful for his commitment to our students, educators and parents, and I wish him well as he continues his commitment to education.”

Haslam Introduces Academic Standards Review Website

Thursday, November 06, 2014 | 10:14 am

Encourages public input on state standards


NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today unveiled a website, https://apps.tn.gov/tcas/, where Tennesseans can review and comment on the state’s current K-12 academic standards.


Academic standards set grade-specific goals that define what students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of a given grade or course. There are more than 1,100 for English language arts (ELA) and more than 900 for mathematics in Tennessee.