Study Committees of the Board

Members of the Board occasionally meet in small groups to dive more deeply into proposed rules and policies before they are presented to the full Board. These study committees may be ongoing, with meetings occurring several times each year, or temporary, based on specific needs as identified by board members.

The Educator Preparation & Licensure Subcommittee Educator Preparation and Licensure Study Committee discusses topics related to educator preparation provider (EPP) accountability, standards for EPPs, requirements for obtaining and maintaining Tennessee educator licenses, and research on effective educator preparation in Tennessee and nationwide.

Chair: Lillian Hartgrove
Members: Bob Eby, Nick Darnell, Jordan Mollenhour


The Literacy Study Committee focuses on ways to improve literacy in Tennessee, including the development of rules and policies around reading practices for K-12 and for educator preparation, Tennessee academic standards for English language arts, and licensure requirements for educators who teach reading.

Chair: Nate Morrow
Members: Warren Wells, Darrell Cobbins

The Testing and Accountability Study Committee discusses the state’s accountability framework for schools and districts, outcomes of annual state assessments, the alignment of assessments with Tennessee academic standards, and federal, state, and national roles in testing and accountability.

Chair: Bob Eby
Members: Nick Darnell, Ryan Holt

The CTE and Workforce Development Study Committee has been formed to research and develop opportunities to advance Tennessee’s K-12 students as those students progress through the stages of planning, preparation, and pursuit of their career aspirations. The study committee will ultimately compile its findings and present recommendations to the Board.

Chair: Jordan Mollenhour
Members: Darrell Cobbins, Larry Jensen

The Educator Discipline Study Committee met in 2016 to provide input on revisions to the Educator Licensure Denial Formal Reprimand Suspension and Revocation Rule 0520-02-03-.09.  You can view the current rule, which is based in part on their work, here