Tennessee Education Association

Great Public Schools for All Students


New kindergarten standards and portfolio need teacher guidance

Educators question age-appropriateness of new ELA demands. With new math standards being developed, TEA works for teachers to have their say

Kindergarten teachers across the state have been dealing with a new portfolio and student standards. For many teachers the changes came as a surprise after the hard work to implement the previous standards and portfolio system. 

TEA lawsuit challenges state board overreach on licensure rule

Association continues to fight inappropriate state board licensure rules

TEA has filed a lawsuit against the State board of Education on behalf of a member as it continues to object to the board’s proposed massive overreach in teacher licensure rules, expanding the board’s power to overrule local boards and suspend or dismiss teachers. 

The lawsuit asserts the state board has no statutory authority to create a rule to revoke or suspend a teacher’s license for misconduct. 

TRICK OR TEST? More questions arise for TNReady

The ACT and graduation rates indicate we’re on the right track, but the state test says most students are failing. Who is wrong? 

The 2016-17 testing year saw thousands of misscored tests and errors in student rosters; problems with test booklets and instructions, along with returned tests through the mail; wide swings in TVAAS scores for teachers and schools; delayed scores and a continued inability for parents and teachers to review the tests; and a wide disparity in test scores compared to ACT and graduation rates. 

NBPTS Jump Start Seminar

National Board Jump Start is a training that provides early support to National Board candidates to help them understand and be successful in the certification process.

Dates are currently being scheduled and will be announced at a later time and covers:

  • Foundations – NBCT Standards and Process overview
  • Component 2 – Differentiation in Instruction
  • Component 4 – Effective and Reflective Practitioner

Dates are currently being scheduled and will be announced at a later time and covers:

TEA President: 'We don't want any of our students to live in fear.'

The End of DACA -- What It Means for Educators and Students

“We won’t give up on the children affected by the decision to end the DACA program,” said TEA President Barbara Gray. “We have bipartisan agreement in Tennessee that these children are now part of our communities. Sen. Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga) and Rep. Mark White (R-Memphis) support in-state tuition for the Dreamers. As educators, we don’t want any of our students to live in fear.”

Donate to Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Being part of NEA means being part of a family—a huge and caring family—that reaches out to each other when disaster strikes. 

Since Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25th, Houston, Rockport, and other communities (totaling 50 counties) have been swamped by the most extreme rain event in U.S. history. 

Texans are rising to the tremendous challenge, helping their friends, neighbors, and even complete strangers find shelter and safety. This is the American spirit at its best, when we summon unity and compassion to get through a crisis as one. 

Astronomy teacher urges eclipse safety

Wesley Roberts, astronomy teacher at Hume-Fogg High School in Nashville, is looking forward to witnessing the historic eclipse of 2017 on the school lawn on Monday. 

“August 21 is the most in-your-face science event of the 21st century,” Roberts said. “It’s rare for a solar eclipse to cover the whole continent. While a partial solar eclipse happens every 18 months, it occurs in totality every 300 years or so. Nashville, Clarksville and the Tennessee portion of the Great Smoky Mountains are in the path of totality. Now that’s something to get excited about!”