Tennessee Commissioner of Education:
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****
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. ***
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.*
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