Tennessee



State Governance

State Board of Education

Tennessee’s State Board of Education consists of nine members, each serving a five-year term. Board members are appointed by the governor and must be confirmed by General Assembly. Additionally, there is a voting student member who serves a one-year term and the executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, who serves as an ex-officio and nonvoting member of the board.

The State Board of Education has the authority over:

  • Content Standards Adoption
  • Teacher Licensure
  • Summative Assessments
  • Jointly Authorizes Charter Schools

Governor

Bill Haslam (R)

Chief State School Officer

Candice McQueen

Appointed by the governor

State Context

State Demographics

Public Education Enrollment by Special Populations:

Free and Reduced Price Lunch: 58.3%

English Language Learners: 3.5%

Served by IDEA: 13.1%

 

2015 NAEP State Data

Reading scores for Grade 4 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Reading scores for Grade 4 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015, additional national average data is included:

 

Mathematics scores for Grade 8 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Mathematics scores for Grade 8 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015, additional national average data is included:

 

Science scores for Grade 8 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Graduation Rates

 

Adjusted cohort graduation rate between 2011 and 2015:

 

Charter Schools

Year Charter School Law was Enacted: 2002

Number of Charter Schools in the 2014-15 Year: 80

Number of Students Served by Charter Schools in the 2014-15 Year: 22,565

Charter School Cap Law: None

ESSA Plan & Implementation

Tennessee has submitted its ESSA consolidated application to the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about Tennessee’s ESSA approach.