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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:36.0%
8th grade math:29.7%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:32.9%
8th grade reading:31.0%

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A comparison of states' preschool enrollment and test scores, and a deeper look at Tennessee's pre-K program bolster arguments that prekindergarten is not the primary solution to closing the achievement gap.
July 18, 2018 – Education Week
Although the term isn’t specified in the Every Student Succeeds Act itself, some state plans for ESSA are embracing some form of “continuous improvement.”
June 18, 2018 – Education Week
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
The Volunteer State is the first to test a professional development effort aimed at enabling teachers to find academic potential in students who don’t fit stereotypes about giftedness.
April 11, 2018 – Education Week
This Quality Counts 2018 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 17, 2018 – Quality Counts
The bite-sized competencies are gaining ground as a PD tool. In Tennessee, they can also help teachers maintain their licenses.
December 6, 2017 – Teacher

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