Tennessee Department Of Education Gives Local Districts $8 Million
The Tennessee Department of Education is giving individual school districts a share of $8 million dollars in the last major grant coming out of Race to the Top funding. Eighty-three school districts in Tennessee will get a part of that $8 million dollar pot of money, allotted according to district size. But to get it, districts had to agree to implement one of three specific initiatives in teacher evaluation, Common Core testing, or reworked student classroom assignments. The Tennessee Department of Education says plans vary by school system, but some districts will put February writing tests online for third through eleventh graders, while other districts will use student surveys to count for five percent of a teacher’s evaluation score.