NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Tennessee students made the biggest jump in academic progress in state history, according to the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) founder and chair Bill Frist.
"Tennessee is marking the beginning of a dramatic turnaround in student achievement," he said.
The former U.S. Senate Majority Leader praise came during the release of the think tank's 2012-13 State of Education in Tennessee report. The report is designed to update student achievement, analyze work over the past year, and provide recommendations going forward. (read full report below)
"Much work remains in the year ahead to sustain and accelerate these improvements and ensure that all our students are graduating with the skills they need to compete in a global economy," cautioned Frist.
The latest report identified five priorities it would like to see the state focus on to ensure it becomes the fastest improving state in the country: Sustained Policy Leadership, Foster Great Teaching, Support Effective School Leadership, Use Technology to Enhance Learning, and Empower Parents.
"These five priorities will be critical to sustaining and accelerating Tennessee's work to improve student achievement in the year ahead," said SCORE President and CEO Jamie Woodson. "All partners have a unique role to play in each of these priority areas."
"As the link between producing an educated workforce and creating jobs remains of critical importance, it is imperative that we continue on our pathway of improvement,” she continued.
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