Tennessee's Educational Initiatives

To better understand the reason for the push to improve our schools in Tennessee, watch this video from  The Council of Chief State School Officers.  

1.  CCSSO Spotlight:  New Skills for Youth

2. CCSSO State Spotlight: Tennessee Career Readiness

Drive to 55:

Here is where you can begin to understand the intitiative known as Drive to 55, led by Gov. Bill Haslam, starting back in 2014.

1.  Here is a promotional video about Drive to 55 from BTNTV. 

2. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam talks about his administration's efforts to increase the number of high school graduates in the state who go on to earn post-secondary degrees. http://www.tnreport.com.  The video is HERE.

3.  Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signs the Tennessee Promise bill that will provide two years of community college or college of applied technology free of tuition and fees. Click HERE to watch. 

Further Reading Materials: 

1.  The Drive to 55: Pathways to Post secondary report is intended to provide district and school leaders with data on their graduates’ progress to and through postsecondary education. The majority of data presented here apply to the cohort of students who entered high school in fall 2012 and graduated with a regular diploma in the spring or summer of 2016. This report highlights percentages of 2016 high school graduates who go on to attend four-year universities, community college, and technical colleges.

2.  Passed into law in 2013, the Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP) created a statewide, comprehensive structure enabling students in Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs) and community colleges to participate in technical training developed with input from area employers.

Now in its second iteration, the LEAP program continues this effort by encouraging and facilitating the alignment of local workforce and education partners through a $10 million competitive grant process, led by the Governor’s Workforce Subcabinet. These funds are available to local collaboratives through a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) issued by THEC.

Tennessee Succeeds: "In 2015, we launched a new chapter where we built on the strong foundation in each of our schools and districts to better realize our goals for Tennessee students, with our vision and strategies articulated in a strategic plan called Tennessee Succeeds. If we are successful: Districts and schools in Tennessee will exemplify excellence and equity such that all students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to successfully embark upon their chosen path in life." Learn more HERE.