Education Recovery and Innovation Commission Releases Final Report – tn.gov

by | Jun 29, 2022 | Education

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 29, 2022
CONTACT: Elizabeth TullosElizabeth.Tullos@tn.gov(615) 741-0762
(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) On Wednesday, Tara Scarlett, Chair of the state’s Education Recovery and Innovation Commission shared the Commission’s third and final report on needed enhancements and improvements to Tennessee’s K-12 and higher education systems.
The report, A Vision: Every Tennessean Will Have High-Quality Education Necessary for Life, expands upon the Commission’s earlier work in exploring both the short- and long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on education to introduce policy recommendations for improving education in Tennessee. Recommendations from the Commission’s final report focus on nine priority areas:

Ensure students master literacy and numeracy skills.
Address learning remediation and acceleration needs.
Strengthen, retain, expand, and diversify the state’s education professionals.
Equip schools and districts to address students’ well-being.
Optimize capacity for flexible, high quality school options.
Redesign high school to ensure students have access to flexible pathways to college and career.
Streamline postsecondary systems to facilitate lifelong learning.
Strengthen alignment across the K-12, postsecondary, and workforce systems.
Incentivize locally led innovation.

Recommendations from the Year 3 report push Tennessee’s education systems into a modern era, suggesting the creation of new incentive programs for educator recruitment, expanding work-based learning opportunities, and increasing opportunities for students to demonstrate academic proficiency at their own pace, among 81 other recommendations.
“Our final report is the culmination of two years’ worth of work by a dedicated group of leaders with the input of educators and experts from across the state and nation. It is intended to address known education gaps and to set Tennessee up as an education leader for the next decade,” said Tara Scarlett, chair o …

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