Quality education is important to the lives of Tennessee citizens as well as the social and economic success of the state. Accomplishing Tennessee's education goals involves strong partnerships at all levels. The Joint Report provides an opportunity for the State Board of Education and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to assess their joint efforts, provide an overview of the challenges and prospects for public education, and present a statement on the improvement, plans, and goals for the future.
As Tennessee works toward accomplishing its educational goals for the 21st century, focusing on excellence and transition of students at all education levels is critical. The joint priorities and initiatives focus on points of connection between pre-kindergarten through grade 12 (P-12) and higher education that are essential to a unified system of education in the state.