TDOE emphasized the importance of communicating key information about state priorities, such as those included in Tennessee’s ESSA Plan. In addition to stakeholder engagement in decision-making related to Tennessee’s ESSA plan, there are expectations for implementation monitoring and continuous improvement in state outcomes related to federal programs that include:
- Title I, Part A: Improving Basic Programs
- Title I, Part C: Education of Migratory Children
- Title I, Part D: Prevention and Intervention Program for Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or at-risk
- Title II, Part A: Supporting Effective Instruction
- Title III, Part A: Language Instruction for English Learners and Immigrant Students
- Title IV: Student Support and Academic Enrichment
- Title V, Part B: Rural Education Achievement Program
As part of ongoing implementation of its ESSA Plan, TDOE is preparing to launch a comprehensive school grading system. The annual report card for each school in a Tennessee district will include a letter grade ranging from A to F, based on student achievement data and other key factors (e.g., absenteeism) (Tennessee Department of Education, 2018). TDOE identified several areas in which the Region 5 CC team can help build TDOE’s human, organizational, and resource capacity.
Approach to Capacity Building Services
TDOE requested technical assistance in building capacity to:
- Help stakeholders interpret information about school grades, understand how grades were calculated, and communicate accurate information to stakeholders.
- Provide stakeholders with easily interpretable information that can be used to make data-driven decisions.
- Help TDOE explain how schools can use the new A-F system in positive ways to accelerate school improvement and student achievement.
- Develop and disseminate tools and/or resources that are tailored to targeted audiences (e.g., explaining benefits of the new A-F system for parents, students, teachers, etc.).