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Governor:Bill Haslam
Commissioner of Education:Kevin Huffman
Quality Counts state grade:C+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:987,422
Number of school districts:140
Number of public schools:1,784
Number of public school teachers:66,558
Unadjusted education spending per student:$8,117
Percent minority students:32.7%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:55.0%
Percent of students with disabilities:12.1%
Percent of English-language learners:3.0%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:40.2%
8th grade math:27.5%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:33.6%
8th grade reading:33.1%

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Tennessee is trying to turn around its poorest-performing schools through the Achievement School District (ASD). The goal is to catapult those schools from the bottom 5 percent to the top 25 percent within five years.
July 8, 2014 - Education Week
One of the earliest winners in the federal grant competition is working to make sure its efforts to transform public education don't slip away when its $500 million runs out.
July 8, 2014 - Education Week
Tennessee officials enlisted teachers early in key elements of the state's Race to the Top initiatives that affect the teaching force.
July 8, 2014 - Education Week
Faced with crafting complex applications for federal Race to the Top aid, and putting that money to work if they won, states turned to consultants for help.
July 8, 2014 - Education Week
Amid intense debate over the common core, 10 states have recently enacted laws that place new restrictions or specifications on how state boards of education adopt standards
June 23, 2014 - Education Week
Although the state board expected most teachers to clear the hurdle, the policy drew immediate opposition from the state teachers' union.
March 28, 2014 - Education Week

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