Tennessee Earns a C-Minus on State Report Card, Ranks 37th in Nation

An Education Week State Highlight Report

| Updated: June 6, 2018
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The 22nd annual edition of Quality Counts continues Education Week’s long-standing tradition of grading the states on their performance. A state’s overall grade is the average of its scores on the three separate indices tracked by the report.

State Overview

This year, Tennessee finishes 37th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, with an overall score of 70.8 out of 100 points and a grade of C-minus. The nation as a whole posts a grade of C.

Diving into the findings for the three graded indices, Tennessee earns a C in the Chance-for-Success category and ranks 39th. The average state earns a C-plus. In School Finance, Tennessee receives a D and ranks 43rd. For the K-12 Achievement Index, last updated in the 2016 report, it finishes 17th with a grade of C-minus. The average state earns grades of C and C-minus in School Finance and K-12 Achievement, respectively.

Tennessee’s 2018 Highlights Report includes summarized results based on each of the nearly-40 indicators that make up Quality Counts’ overall grading rubric.

School Finance

The school finance analysis examines two critical aspects of school spending. Of the eight indicators in this category, four assess school spending patterns, while the remaining metrics gauge equity in the distribution of funding across the districts within each state.

Across the spending indicators, Tennessee finishes with an F compared with a national average of D-minus. Tennessee ranks 46th in the nation in this area.

On the equity measures, Tennessee receives a B-plus, which places it 14th in the national rankings. The nation as a whole earns a B.

Vol. 37, Issue 17

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