Tennessee aims to leverage federal funds to improve teaching

Tennessee is planning to use a portion of its $500 million Race to the Top grant to improve teaching in the state's schools. A new teacher-evaluation system will base half a teacher's annual assessment on student test scores, and the state will implement training to help teachers better utilize student data. "We have about 6,000 classroom teachers," Nashville's schools chief said, "I want every one of them to be good. I don't want there to be a gap."

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