Education

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.

Tennessee Releases 2014 State Report Card

Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 02:35 pm

NASHVILLE—The 2014 state Report Card­­­­—posted Thursday on the Tennessee Department of Education website—offers users the ability to view detailed breakdowns of last year’s student achievement growth and other important data points.

Haslam Lays Out Next Steps From Education Summit

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | 01:07 pm

Public review of academic standards will include input from across the state 
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the process for a public review of the state’s K-12 academic standards in English language arts and math.  The process is in partnership with the State Board of Education and will include input from educators and citizens from across the state.   
 
Academic standards are typically reviewed in Tennessee every six years.  With these standards now in their fourth year, and with the discussion happening in Tennessee and across the country about Common Core state standards, Haslam believes this is the appropriate time to take a fresh look.