Rise & Shine: TNReady scores start heading to districts, but not all will make student report cards

TNREADY SCORES  This week, the State Department of Education begins distributing test score data that goes into students’ final report cards, but it won’t arrive in time for every district across the state. Chalkbeat

PARTNERSHIP ZONE  The CEO of Empower Schools in Massachusetts talks about how Tennessee could partner to turn around low-performing Chattanooga schools. Chalkbeat

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH  Hamilton County’s school board meets tonight to complete interviews with eight finalists vying to be the district’s next superintendent. Times Free Press

SCHOOL BUS SAFETY  Now that he’s signed into law his own regulatory-based answer to last year’s fatal school bus crash in Hamilton County, Gov. Bill Haslam says he’ll explore whether mandatory seat belts on buses is “the right thing to do.” Times Free Press

BUS EVACUATION  Sumner County students are rescued after being trapped on three school buses in fast-rising floodwaters. WKRN, The Associated Press

FATHER OF TVAAS  How a little-known statistician from Tennessee taught the nation to measure the effectiveness of teachers. The New York Times, Chalkbeat

STUDENT DEATHS  A Knox County high school rocked by three suicides loses another student in a drowning. The Associated Press, Knoxville News Sentinel

HIT BY HACKERS  Williamson County Schools will change all student passwords because of a recent security breach. The Tennessean, Franklin Patch

WORK-LIFE BALANCE   In an effort to drive down insurance costs, Nashville’s public school employees have a new fitness gym and walk-in clinic that they can use for free. Nashville Public Radio

FASHION DESIGN  Maury County Schools partners with Franklin-based O’More College of Design to offer college credit to high school students. The Daily Herald

RETROSPECTIVE  Maury County’s school director looks back on a year of highs and lows. WTVF

TUG-OF-WAR  In a special called meeting, Jackson-Madison County’s school board asks City Council to rescind a vote that rerouted $12 million from the district. The Jackson Sun

PAY RAISE  Oak Ridge’s school board asks its City Council for money for a 2.5 percent pay raise to all school employees. Oak Ridger

FUNDING DEFICIT  Hawkins County officials may have to close the district’s two smallest schools. Kingsport Times-News

TO THE RESCUE  In a school lunchroom, a Williamson County boy is saved from choking by a school resource officer. WKRN

WELCOME HOME  A U.S. Army sergeant deployed to Afghanistan surprises his daughter during her school assembly in Rutherford County. Daily News Journal

READING JACKPOT  A Blount County elementary school wins 500 new Scholastic books in a national contest. The Daily Times

STEP BY STEP  Greeneville students, parents and teachers walk to school as part of an annual Walk to School Day. The Greeneville Sun

OPINION: TIME IS UP  In the decade since Chattanooga officials were first put on notice about the need to turn around five low-performing schools, an entire generation of schoolchildren has been lost. Times Free Press

OPINION: THE VALUE OF BEING BILINGUAL  Tennessee high schools should prioritize foreign language classes for their students, says a director at the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute. The Tennessean