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A track record of zero downtime when administering statewide exams sold the Tennessee Department of Education on its new testing vendor.

London-based Pearson was awarded the contract to run the TNReady tests, replacing a company that experienced multiple system failures.

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A Tennessee initiative to boost literacy rates is in jeopardy.

The Read To Be Ready program launched in 2016 and had an ambitious goal of increasing literacy among third graders. But its popular summer camp program has officially run out of funds.

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A state program aimed at increasing literacy rates among Tennessee students may not be funded next year.

The goal of Read to be Ready is to increase the share of third-graders who are proficient at reading to 75% by 2025. Less than half of students did when the program started in 2016.

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Gov. Bill Lee says he plans to focus on education and criminal justice reform throughout his tenure.

Although he still hasn’t gone into details, he says partnerships with the private sector and nonprofits will be key in tackling those issues. 

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A top official in Texas has been tapped to lead Tennessee's Department of Education.

Gov.-elect Bill Lee announced today that Penny Schwinn, the chief deputy commissioner of academics for the Texas Education Agency, will be the state's next education commissioner.