NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Amid the uncertainty during coronavirus, education remains a top issue with Tennessee voters, a new poll says.
Tennesseans for Student Success (TSS) said Tennesseans believe improving education should be a top priority for Gov. Bill Lee and lawmakers.
This comes as large school districts in Middle Tennessee announce plans to start either virtually in the fall, or give parents the option to send their students to in-person classes. Here are the status of schools so far:
TSS said its poll showed voters think the state should invest in innovation as students recover from learning loss. The poll also said voters "overwhelmingly" want to see more rigorous academic standards and assessments, with 62 percent of respondents believe it is important to test public school students from grades 3-12 each year to know if they are on-track. The majority of pollers, 65 percent, also think schools should be given a A-F grade.
Another 83 percent of pollers think holding schools and teachers accountable is of utmost importance.
“This polling data confirms what we have known to be true: measuring for success and keeping schools and districts accountable, especially in turbulent times, is instrumental in knowing how to best address and eliminate learning loss for our students,” said Adam Lister, TSS President and CEO. “Year after year, we see that prioritizing improvements in education and supporting Tennessee’s students is a top priority for the people of the Volunteer State. It is essential that lawmakers make a public commitment to a continued focus to defending and advancing the policies that have and are improving outcomes for students across Tennessee.”
Click here to view the full poll results.
FOX 17 News is your Back to School headquarters amid COVID-19. Click here for the back to school resource page.