NASHVILLE – Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman today released his strategic plan, outlining the department of education’s four strategies for supporting districts in reaching their ambitious academic goals:
- Expand kids’ access to effective teachers and leaders
- Expand families’ access to good schools
- Expand educators’ access to resources and best practices
- Expand public access to information and data
Undergirding each of the priorities is the commitment to structure an effective state agency that serves as a support system to school districts, rather than a regulator, while allowing for policies that remove bureaucracy and unleash innovation. In every priority, the department will focus on improvement in rural schools and reducing racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps.
“Everything we do in this department should be focused on making sure Tennessee kids learn more every day, and Tennessee educators are supported in the important work that they do,” Huffman said. “The goals we set out in Race to the Top are our department’s goals, and we will work diligently to become the fastest-improving state in the nation.”
Visit www.tn.gov/education to see the Tennessee Department of Education’s strategic plan.