News and Updates

  • Tennessee submits NCLB waiver application (Details)

    State 2011=2012 AYP Results
    July 29, 2011 State of Tennessee 2011 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) results for school systems across the state (Read More)

    2011 State Report Card Data
    The Tennessee Department of Education has released the 2011 data on the State Report Card results on pre-K-12 education. The Tennessee State Report Card includes state, district, and school-level information on achievement, demographics, and discipline. The Tennessee Education Improvement Act of 1992 established accountability standards for all public schools in the state and required the Department of Education to produce a Report Card for the public to assess each year. (Read More)

    2011 TCAP results
    July 8, 2011 - The state released TCAP scores today. (Details and documents)

    Nashville, TN – The results are in, and more than 57,000 educators across the state completed the TELL Tennessee (Teaching, Empowering, Leading, and Learning) Survey. Overall, 85 percent of Tennessee’s educators agree that their school is a good place to work and learn. Survey data will be used to provide a foundation for assessing professional development, strategies for improvement, and policy development guidance. 

    Tennessee Celebrates First Year of Race to the Top
    Nashville, TN (March 29, 2011)– Time flies when you are making progress. Governor Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Education commemorated the first anniversary of Tennessee’s Race to the Top win at an education roundtable discussion today. Key stakeholders in winning and executing Tennessee’s First to the Top plan participated in the discussion by taking stock of the great progress Tennessee has made and recognizing the work yet to be done for the children of Tennessee.

    SCORE annual State of Education in Tennessee Report

    Frist: Tennessee progress has been made - important work stil remains
    The State Collaborative onReforming Education (SCORE) released its annual State of Education in Tennessee report March 24, 2011. SCORE Chairman and former U. S. Senator Majority Leader Bill Frist presented the report during SCORE's quarterly steering Committee meeting of major education stakeholders from across Tennessee.

    2010 AYP, Report Card data

    January 7, 2011

    The Tennessee Department of Education today released the 2010 data on Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and the State Report Card results on pre-K-12 education.  

    AYP measures how well school districts performed in meeting academic benchmarks under the federal “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) law, while the State Report Card includes state, district, and school-level information on achievement, demographics, and discipline.

    The Knox County Schools (KCS) garnered “B” grades in achievement for Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies.  The State of Tennessee posted C, C, C, and B, respectively.  Additional highlights of the data show:

    ·       A 5.2 percent increase in the district’s four year high school graduation rate to 86.6 percent (2009 graduation rate was 81.4 percent).  A small part of this increase is due to a one-time methodological change, but the district’s graduation rate would still have seen a 3.4% increase without the adjustment. .

    ·       Several Knox County schools have moved to “good standing” under Tennessee’s accountability criteria. These schools include East Knox County, Mooreland Heights, South Knoxville, and Spring Hill Elementary Schools, as well as Bearden, Karns and Powell Middle Schools, and Karns and West High Schools.  Overall, the Knox County Schools has six more schools in good standing in 2009-10 than in the previous year.

    ·       A number of schools have demonstrated significant improvement under Tennessee’s accountability criteria, including Austin-East Magnet High School, Beaumont, Belle Morris and Christenberry Elementary Schools, and Halls High School.

    The KCS received “Cs” in value-added for reading, math, and science.  The district posted a “B” in social studies.   The State of Tennessee posted D, D, D, and C, respectively.  Value-added data measures student growth within a grade and subject, which demonstrates the influence the school has on the students’ performance.

    The data also point to some areas for improvement.  Middle school mathematics, and district-wide academic performance in certain NCLB “sub-groups” such as students with disabilities and limited English proficient students are areas that will require additional focus.   

    “We are pleased to have this information publicly available so that our parents, teachers and community can see how we are measuring up to the new rigorous academic standards that Tennessee has courageously adopted,” said Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of the Knox County Schools.  “The data show some real strengths, and some definite areas for improvement. While we have made reasonable academic progress thus far given the new, higher standards, we fully understand there is still much work to be done to ensure that every child is learning at a high level.  This data will serve as an important diagnostic tool as we continue to focus on achieving our ambitious goal of Excellence for All Children.”

    UT, Partners Receive $2.8 Million Grant for Teacher Residency Program
    TEACH/Here, an innovative teacher residency initiative through which the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is helping to prepare highly skilled math and science teachers for hard-to-fill positions in Knox and Hamilton county schools, has received $2.8 million from the National Science Foundation through the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program. (Read More)

    Scores expected to be lower than previous year due to higher standards

    On Tuesday, Sept. 21 the Knox County Schools released the results of the state assessments that children took last spring (TCAP or End of Course). Last year was the first year that students were subject to Tennessee’s new and more rigorous academic standards. Because the State of Tennessee has significantly raised the academic bar, scores on the state tests are likely to be lower than what parents may be used to seeing. Many students who are accustomed to scoring in the proficient and advanced ranges may now see scores that are identified as “basic” or even “below basic.”

    Higher Standards "Expect More Achieve More" press conference at Holston Middle

    Gov. Phil Bredesen, Senator Bill Frist, Commissioner of Education Tim Web, and local officials held a press conference in August to kick off the "Expect More Achieve More" public relations campaign at Holston Middle School. You will find links to several additional resources on the press release page as well as information about "Expect More Achieve More". 

    Knox County School parents to receive individual student performance reports
    Higher standards mean higher expectations

    Release No. 10-058 September 16, 2010

    Parents with children in the Knox County Schools will be receiving their child’s Individual Student Performance reports on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010. Individual Student Performance reports provide a comprehensive review of how students performed on the state’s Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) tests taken in Spring 2010.  Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of the Knox County Schools, will host a news conference on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 1:30 p.m. at Karns Middle School to discuss the results. 

    McIntrye, Woodson appointed to First to the Top Advisory Council

    Governor Phil Bredesen made 14 appointments to the Tennessee First to the Top Advisory Council, a broad-based group of Tennesseans and national experts who will provide strategic guidance, direction, and thought leadership to state policymakers overseeing Tennessee’s Race to the Top grant from the U.S. Department of Education.