Through First to the Top and the department’s new accountability system, Tennessee set out to raise student achievement levels and reduce achievement gaps between groups of students. The department creates reports on achievement and accountability to reflect how schools and districts are doing at meeting these ambitious but attainable goals.
The annual Report Card is a comprehensive showcase of state, district and school-level data for each school year. The Report Card includes demographics, achievement results, accountability progress, value-added data, attendance figures, graduation rate and more.
In accordance with Tennessee’s new accountability system, designed through the state’s waiver from No Child Left Behind, the Tennessee Department of Education selects Reward, Priority and Focus schools.
Districts are measured on their abilities to raise overall achievement and close gaps between groups of students and are designated as Exemplary, In Need of Improvement and/or In Need of Subgroup Improvement.
The Tennessee Department of Education strives to improve public access to information and data. In accordance with this goal, the department has made a set of publically available district- and school-level files for download.
Requests for Tennessee Department of Education data should be made through the above link. Please check the data available for download section for pertinent data before submitting a formal data request.
Researchers, please inform the department of the projects and outcomes in which Tennessee data is used.
The Tennessee Department of Education's Office of Research and Policy will periodically make research content available for public consumption. Those reports, memos, and other related content can be found at the link above.
To track student outcomes, Tennessee conducts the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP), which includes achievement tests in grades 3-8 and End of Course exams in high school.
For more information and to access all resources available for each assessment program, click on one of the gray links on the left side of the linked web page.
The Annual Statistical Report, School Health Profile and a number of other state-level annual releases can be found in the link above.