Tennessee releases 2008 State Report Card on Schools
The Tennessee Department of Education this week released its annual comprehensive report card on pre-K - 12 education including state, district and school-level information on achievement,
demographics, discipline and educator preparation. State-level results show Tennessee met federal achievement benchmarks in all but one category, improved achievement in reading/language arts at the elementary level and increased the stateâ€™s graduation rate to 82.2 percent.
â€śUnder Governor Bredesenâ€™s leadership, Tennesseeâ€™s focus is on raising standards for student learning so all students have the opportunity to graduate well-prepared to pursue higher education or enter the workforce,â€ť Education Commissioner Timothy Webb said. â€śOur aggressive path of improvement means a better chance for students and a stronger workforce for Tennessee.â€ť
Since embarking on the Tennessee Diploma Project in January, Tennessee has passed increased academic standards and graduation requirements.
Because of this stateâ€™s commitment to education reform, Tennessee was chosen as one of eight leading states to launch the Career and College-Ready Policy Institute, a national initiative to help other states graduate students ready for 21st century expectations.
The report card also tracks non-academic indicators that influence achievement like teacher preparedness and student discipline.
Tennesseeâ€™s 2008 report card shows an increase in the percentage of courses taught by highly qualified teachers and a decrease in student suspensions and expulsions.
â€śWe know schools have a great influence on young people beyond the education of their minds,â€ť Assistant Commissioner of Accountability and Teaching and Learning Connie Smith said.
â€śPart of school success means providing resources to remove obstacles hindering student achievement so they can focus their energy on learning.