About Us

AIM (Achievement, Innovation, Measurement) High TN is an initiative led by military, education, and community leaders from across Tennessee that works to raise awareness about the unique challenges military families face, provide education resources to military families, and help support the academic success of military children. Share these resources with family and friends serving in our armed forces.

DID YOU KNOW?

The average active duty military family moves 6-9 times during a child’s academic career.

These frequent moves make it important to have consistent academic standards from school to school that are challenging and prepare children for success after graduation.

DID YOU KNOW?

Every county in Tennessee is home to a military child.

All 95 counties.

DID YOU KNOW?

There are almost 40,000 military children living in Tennessee.

Tennessee is the 12th largest military family state in the country

Hear from Tennessee leaders on the importance…


  • State Representative Joe Pitts,  Clarksville

    “AIM High TN is a chance for Tennesseans to better support our military children and their academic success. Their families serve our country – this is our chance to serve them.”

    State Representative Joe Pitts, Clarksville

  • Major General Max Haston, Tennessee Adjutant General

    "Through AIM High TN not only can we better serve military children in Tennessee schools, but we can help prepare the next generation of service members."

    Major General Max Haston, Tennessee Adjutant General

  • Lt. Col. Martha Shaffer, USAF (ret.), Maplewood High School Teacher

    “As a teacher and a veteran, I know the value of high academic standards and end-of-year testing will ensure our kids know the material. These measures will prepare our kids for whatever path they wish to take after graduation. AIM High TN can help military families along the way.”

    Lt. Col. Martha Shaffer, USAF (ret.), Maplewood High School Teacher

Hear from Tennessee teachers on why assessments matter…

Cathy Whitehead

“End of year tests like TNReady show what your child has learned that year and serves as an important measurement of student progress.”

Cathy Whitehead,
West Chester Elementary School Teacher, 2015-16 Tennessee Teacher of the Year

Derek Voiles

“Assessments like TNReady are critical to the learning cycle—showing parents and teachers where students are excelling and where there is room for improvement. As a teacher, the results allow me to see exactly where my students are so that I can tailor instruction to meet their specific needs. This makes instruction much more student-based and dynamic in moving my students toward success."

Derek Voiles,
Lincoln Heights Middle School Teacher, 2016-17 Tennessee Teacher of the Year

Steering Committee

Theresa Carl

Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation

Dr. Carolyn Davis

Sevier County Schools; MIC3 Liaison

Major Paul Dean

Hamilton County Department of Education; USA (ret.)

The Honorable Craig Fitzhugh

Tennessee General Assembly

The Honorable John Forgety

Tennessee General Assembly

The Honorable Mark Green

Tennessee General Assembly

The Honorable Dolores Gresham

Tennessee General Assembly

Second Lieutenant Taylor Hall

State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE); USAF

Major General Gus Hargett

USA (ret.)

Anne Haston

Military Child Education Coalition

Major General Max Haston

Tennessee Military Department; USA

Dr. Mary Keller

Military Child Education Coalition

Mike Krause

Tennessee Higher Education Commission

David Mansouri

State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE)

Wayne Miller

Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents

The Honorable Joe Pitts

Tennessee General Assembly

Lieutenant Colonel Jim Reed

Tennessee Military Department; USA

Dr. Lana Seivers

Middle Tennessee State University

Lieutenant Colonel Martha Shaffer

USAF (ret.); Metro Nashville Public Schools; USAF (ret.)

Major Stephanie Welch

Great Schools Partnership; USAR

Major General Jan Young

Assisi Foundation; USAF (ret.)

The Expect More, Achieve More Coalition wants every Tennessee student to graduate ready to take on the world and win. We provide information and support to K-12 educators and parents so they can help students meet high academic expectations, develop real-world skills, and show what they know and can do on high-quality annual state assessments.