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Tennessee Education

A Profile on Tennessee Education and Schools


Tennessee Education

Tennessee Department of Education

Tennessee Commissioner of Education:

Kevin S. Huffman

District/School Information

Length of School Year: A minimum of 180 days is required by Tennessee state law.

Number of Public School Districts: There are 137 public school districts in Tennessee.

Number of Public Schools: There are 1816 public schools in Tennessee. ****

Number of Students Served in Public Schools: There are 999,693 public school students in Tennessee. ****

Number of Teachers in Public Schools: There are 66,382 public school teachers in Tennessee.****

Number of Charter Schools: There are 40 charter schools in Tennessee.

Per Pupil Spending: Tennessee spends $8,614 per pupil in public education. ****

Average Class Size: The average class size In Tennessee is 15.0 students per 1 teacher. ****

% of Title I Schools: 82.2% of schools in Tennessee are Title I Schools.****

% With Individualized Education Programs (IEP): 12.3% of students in Tennessee are on IEP's. ****

% in Limited-English Proficiency Programs: 3.1% of students in Tennessee are in limited-English Proficient Programs.****

% of Student Eligible for Free/Reduced Lunches: 56.1% of students in Tennessee schools are eligible for free/reduced lunches.****

Ethnic/Racial Student Breakdown****

White: 67.0%

Black: 23.3%

Hispanic: 6.6%

Asian: 1.6%

Pacific Islander: 0.1%

American Indian/Alaskan Native: 0.1%

School Assessment Data

Graduation Rate: 80.4% of all students entering high school in Tennessee graduate. **

ACT/SAT rank: 233.8 students per 1000 in Tennessee had a score of 25+ on the ACT or a 1780+ on the SAT. ***

8th grade NAEP assessment scores:****

Math: 278 is the scaled score for 8th grade students in Tennessee. The U.S. average was 284.

Reading: 265 is the scaled score for 8th grade students in Tennessee. The U.S. average was 266.

% of Students Who Attend College after High School: 62.1% of students in Tennessee go on to attend some level of college. ***

Private Schools

Number of Private Schools: There are 494 private schools in Tennessee.*

Number of Students Served in Private Schools: There are 83,536 private school students in Tennessee.*

Teacher Pay

The average teacher pay for the state of Tennessee was $45,926.67 in 2009.##

The state of Tennessee has a teacher’s minimum salary schedule. However, some districts may negotiate salaries with their teachers.


*Data courtesy of Education Bug .

**Data courtesy of ED.gov

***Data courtesy of the NCHEMS Information Center for Higher Education Policy Making and Analysis

****Data courtesy of the National Center for Education Statistics

##Average salary courtesy of Teacher Salary Info

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