State Collaborative on Reforming Education
The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) collaboratively supports Tennessee's work to prepare students for college and the workforce. We are an independent, nonprofit, and non-partisan advocacy and research institution, founded by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist in 2009.
SCORE inspires leaders by sustaining momentum around a common education reform agenda, holds a mirror up to the state to illuminate what is working and identify key challenges, and supports work to innovate and develop creative solutions to educational challenges.
SCORE seeks two outcomes:
SCORE's work is governed by a theory of change that includes embracing high academic standards, cultivating great school and district leaders, ensuring excellent teaching in every classroom, and using data to enhance student learning.Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011
Preparation for a 21st-Century Economy
According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, the unemployment rate in 2011 for full-time workers without a high school diploma was 13.8 percent. For workers with a bachelor's degree or higher, it was 4.1 percent.
Source: THEC, TDOE, 2011-2012
The biggest challenge is that too few students are graduating from high school prepared for postsecondary education and the workforce.
According to the ACT, only 16 percent of 11th graders in Tennessee are "college-ready" across all four ACT benchmarks: English, reading, math, and science. The national average is 25 percent.
The average 2011-2012 ACT score in Rutherford County was 19.8. The Williamson County average was 22.9. The state average is 19.2.
There have been important improvements in student achievement data over the past few years. Between 2011 and 2012, the percent of students who scored proficient or advanced in third- to eighth-grade math increased six percentage points in Murfreesboro City Schools and seven percentage points in Rutherford County Schools. The statewide improvement was just above six percentage points.
We have seen even more significant gains in algebra. Between 2011 and 2012, there was an almost 12 percentage point increase in Rutherford County in the number of students who scored proficient or advanced in Algebra I.
Tennessee and U.S. ACT Scores
Tennessee has an innovative plan to dramatically improve student achievement in our state. The largest pieces of this work are:
SCORE seeks two outcomes:
Workers with higher education levels earn more and have a lower unemployment rate.
Far too few Tennessee 9th-graders will eventually graduate from postsecondary education.
Only 16 percent of Tennessee 11th graders are "college-ready" across all four ACT subject areas.