“There is no state that has a greater opportunity…to be a national leader than Tennessee….There is a commitment, a sense of courage here that we find absolutely remarkable….My challenge to you — and my hope — is that Tennessee can be the fastest improving state in the country.”
– Public Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Nashville, Tennessee, August 2011
In recent years, Tennessee has made significant progress in advancing a bold education reform plan, including passing the First to the Top legislation and winning a $501 million Race to the Top federal grant award. SCORE has played a critical role in that progress—it is the collaborative of key education leaders focused on driving increases in student learning through a common reform agenda. In its pursuit of policy change, SCORE demonstrated the incredible force a small, determined group can have over an entire state.
SCORE is an independent, non-profit, and non-partisan advocacy and research institution, founded by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist in 2009. SCORE collaboratively supports Tennessee’s work to prepare students for college and the workforce. SCORE inspires leaders by sustaining momentum around a common reform agenda, holds a mirror up to the state to illuminate what’s working and identify key challenges, and supports work to innovate and develop creative solutions to educational challenges. SCORE prioritizes these three key roles through research-based policy advocacy, strategic communications, targeted outreach, progress monitoring, and highlighting and sharing best-practices.
SCORE is based at Vanderbilt University’s John Seigenthaler Center.
Current job postings
SCORE is seeking to hire a Special Assistant to play a critical role in advancing the organization’s agenda across each of SCORE’s priority areas. This individual will perform a wide-ranging list of responsibilities and tasks such as providing support for projects, events, communications, and outreach; writing and drafting memos, reports, and other documents; and interacting with education stakeholders. This role requires a great deal of flexibility, drive, and creativity; the ability to manage multiple priorities; outstanding attention to detail; superb writing skills; and a positive team orientation. More details.
The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) is seeking to hire three Leadership Course Advisors on a contract basis to provide training for Common Core Leadership Coaches and develop the content of the Common Core Leadership Course. More details.