Report: Tennessee At Critical Point In Improving Student Achievement

Report: Tennessee At Critical Point In Improving Student Achievement

CREATED Jan 27, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The state of Tennessee is at a critical point in its work to improve student academic achievement, according to an annual report released Monday.

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education released 2013-14 State of Education in Tennessee, a comprehensive annual report that assesses Tennessee's recent work to improve K-12 student academic performance.

SCORE's founder and chairman, Senator Bill Frist, presented the 52-page report on Monday. The report showed that the efforts of educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders helped Tennessee become the fastest-improving state in the nation – and overall behind only the District of Columbia – in terms of student achievement, according to the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress.

Despite that, it found scores are still below the national average, and only 15 percent of 2013 public school graduates met all four college readiness benchmarks on the ACT.

"Let me be clear: Work remains to continue on the path that will help all students graduate with the skills and knowledge they need to be competitive with their peers across the state, country, and globe," Frist said. "Now is not the time to lose a sense of urgency."

The 2013-14 State of Education in Tennessee report identified these top priorities:


  • Maintaining a commitment to rigorous standards and assessments.
  • Strengthening schools through effective leadership.
  • Expanding student access to great teaching.
  • Investing in technology to enhance instruction.
  • Supporting students from kindergarten to career.
SCORE also announced that it has launched a redesigned website to better communicate with education stakeholders about the group's mission and work.