Tennessee Education Commissioner to release major plan for schools

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen is expected to announce on Tuesday a new education plan that will emphasize more accountability, especially when it comes to teaching traditionally underserved kids.

The plan outlines how Tennessee will comply with a federal education law known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

McQueen is expected to announce a new plan that will support English language learners and increase transparency about how they are performing. The plan is expected to put emphasis on holding school districts accountable for how traditionally underserved students and English language learners perform.

Senator Lamar Alexander stated:

“The bill to fix No Child Left Behind has presented a rare opportunity for state-by-state innovation because it moved responsibility for decisions regarding how to measure and improve schools out of Washington, D.C., and back to states and local communities—those closest to the children.  Tennessee now decides how best to help its students succeed in the classroom. Today is an exciting and important step in the successful implementation of the law, and I congratulate Candice and her team on working with so many to create the state’s new plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act.”

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