Candice McQueen steps down as education commissioner to lead nonprofit

Tennessee News

Governor Bill Haslam announced Thursday Education Commissioner, Candice McQueen, is leaving her position with the state of Tennessee to lead a nonprofit organization.  

McQueen was appointed to the education commissioner position in January 2015. While serving as commissioner, Tennessee has experienced record high graduation rates of 89.1 percent and the best overall statewide ACT average and best overall ACT participation rate in the state’s history at 20.2 and 97 percent respectively. 

“Candice has worked relentlessly since day one for Tennessee’s students and teachers, and under her leadership, Tennessee earned its first ‘A’ rating for the standards and the rigor of the state’s assessment after receiving an ‘F’ rating a decade ago,” Haslam said. “Candice has raised the bar for both teachers and students across the state, enabling them to rise to their greatest potential. I am grateful for her service and know that she will continue to make an impact on education in Tennessee and across the country.” 

In her new role as CEO of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, Dr. McQueen will continue to focus on supporting effective teaching and learning, impacting more than 250,000 educators and 2.5 million students.  

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