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Governor:Bill Lee
Commissioner of Education:Penny Schwinn
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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One in three Tennessee teachers say they would leave the profession if they could get a higher paying job, while some administrators say their job isn't worth the stress and disappointment.
August 22, 2019 – AP
News outlets report two former students are accused of breaking into their Tennessee high school and stealing an assault weapon and bulletproof vests from the resource officer's gun safe.
August 12, 2019 – AP
As more schools aim to address students’ social and emotional needs, some are using meditation, yoga, and other mindfulness practices to address misbehavior and stress. But the research on the effectiveness of such practices is mixed.
May 23, 2019 – Education Week
States and districts are scrambling to meet the Every Student Succeeds Act’s demand for broad and readily searchable information about schools.
April 3, 2019 – Education Week
Educational Opportunities and Performance in Tennessee
This Quality Counts 2019 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 16, 2019 – Quality Counts
Through a city-school partnership in Nashville, Tenn., after-school programs are using data to tailor lessons to students' learning needs.
November 28, 2018 – Education Week
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

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