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Governor:Bill Haslam
Commissioner of Education:Candice McQueen
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:993,556
Number of school districts:140
Number of public schools:1,855
Number of public school teachers:65,847
Unadjusted education spending per student:$8,208
Percent minority students:33.7%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:58.2%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.1%
Percent of English-language learners:3.5%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:40.2%
8th grade math:29.2%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:33.2%
8th grade reading:32.8%

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In at least 35 districts in 14 states, hundreds of unaccompanied minors from Central America were discouraged from enrolling in schools or pressured into what advocates and lawyers argue are separate but unequal alternative programs—essentially an academic dead end, and one that can violate federal law.
May 11, 2016 – Education Week
Ill-timed glitches in the administration of online assessments have spurred lawmakers in several states to push bills that would crack down on testing companies.
March 9, 2016 – Education Week
The state pulled the plug on new online tests aligned to the common core, but school leaders in Kingsport, Tenn., see it as a temporary setback in implementing the news standards and assessments.
March 9, 2016 – Education Week

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