(TN DEPT. OF EDUCATION NEWS RELEASE) – Today, EducationCommissioner Penny Schwinn unveiled the state report card, an annual reportdesigned to provide convenient access to the most important data andinformation about every school and district in Tennessee.
“Our goal is to provide Tennessee families, educators, communitymembers, and public officials with information about the schools and districtsthey care about in a way that makes sense,” Schwinn said. “The report card isanother opportunity for the department to continue seeking input, listening tofeedback, and continuously improving as a result.”
The online dashboard for the report card features a variety ofinformation about how schools are performing and addressing the needs ofstudents – information that is critical to understand as the department seeksto set all students on a path to success under its new strategic plan, Best forAll. Primarily, the information is broken down into six main categories, whichare as follows:
- Academic Achievement: Whether students are performing at or above grade level or whether the school improved from year to year;
- Student Academic Growth: Whether students are making progress from year to year;
- Chronically Out of School: Whether students are absent more than 10 percent of the year;
- Progress on English Language Proficiency: Whether students who are English learners are making progress;
- Ready Graduate: Whether students are prepared for postsecondary education or career paths after they leave high school; and
- Graduation Rate: Whether students are graduating from high school on time.
While the information posted online will look similar to what hasbeen released in the past, we have improved the display of information to makeit easier to access and more user-friendly.
The rating system shown on the report card provides a score of 0.0to 4.0 on each indicator, similar to a GPA, with 4.0 being the highest.Families can click through to see more information behind each rating.
To view the state report card, visit the State Report Card website.
For additional data on schools and districts, visit the Data Downloads page.