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Governor:Bill Haslam
Commissioner of Education:Candice McQueen
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:995,475
Number of school districts:146
Number of public schools:1,883
Number of public school teachers:65,341
Unadjusted education spending per student:$8,630
Percent minority students:35.1%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:55.9%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.1%
Percent of English-language learners:3.7%
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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For the second time in three years, Tennessee experienced major online testing disruptions, prompting new state legislation and raising questions about ESSA compliance.
May 9, 2018 – Education Week

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