Senator Joey Hensley, MD


November 9, 2023

2023 Session of the

113th General Assembly

A new report shows Tennessee students are making important progress in reading

For years, Tennessee struggled to significantly improve rates of proficiency in English Language Arts (ELA), including in third grade. In 2021, we faced less-than-stellar literacy rates, along with significant learning losses due to the Covid-19 pandemic. So the General Assembly held a special session and decided to take a different approach to address reading. During the special session lawmakers, Governor Lee, the Department of Education, schools, teachers and parents...

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