2013 Annual Statistical Report

The Annual Statistical Report for fiscal year 2012-2013 includes an array of information providing the public with statistics about education in Tennessee. We hope that you will find the report useful to become better acquainted with Tennessee's education system.

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The office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction was created in 1835. By Legislative Act in 1843, which went in effect in 1844, the office was abolished. The following Superintendents were elected by the Legislature:

Superintendent Term
Robert H. McEwen 1835-1840
Robert P. Currin 1840-1841
Scott Terry 1841-1844

From 1844 to 1867, the State Treasurer was ex-officio Superintendent of Public Instruction. In 1867, the office was again created. The following Superintendents were elected by the people and served for the respective periods shown below:

Superintendent Term
John Eaton, Jr. 1867-1869
A. J. Tipton 1869-1871

In 1870, the office was again abolished, and the duties devolved upon the State Treasurer, who was made ex-officio Superintendent of Public Instruction. In 1873, the office was recreated, and the following officers, appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate, have served the terms shown below:

Superintendent Term
J. B. Killebrew*  
John M. Flemings 1873-1875
Leon Trousdale 1875-1881
W. S. Doak 1881-1882**
Julia A. Doak 3 mos. ending July, 1882***
G. S. Crawford 1882-1883***
Thomas H. Paine 1883-1887
Frank M. Smith 1887-1891
W. R. Garrett 1891-1893
S. G. Gilbreath 1895-1897
Price Thomas 1897-1899
Morgan C. Fitzpatrick 1899-1903
Seymour A. Mynders 1903-1907
R. L. Jones 1907-1911
J. W. Brister 1911-1913
S. J. Thompson 1913-1915***
S. W. Sherrill 1915-1919
Albert Williams 1919-1921
J. B. Brown 1921-1923
  • * Assistant State Superintendent, 1870-1873
  • ** Died in Office.
  • *** Filled unexpired term

Under the reorganization bill of 1923, the State Department of Public Instruction became the State Department of Education. The title of the chief state school officer was changed to Commissioner of Education.

Commissioner Term
P. L. Harned 1923-1933
Walter D. Cocking 1933-1937
W. A. Bass 1937-1938
J. M. Smith 1938
Halbert Harville 1938-1939
B. O. Duggan 1939-1945
Burgin E. Dossett 1945-1949
J. M. Smith 1949-1950
J. A. Barksdale 1950-1953
Quill E. Cope 1953-1958
Joe Morgan 1958-1963
J. H. Warf 1963-1971
E. C. Stimbert 1971-1972
Benjamin E. Carmichael 1972-1975
Sam H. Ingram 1975-1979
Otis L. Floyd 1979
E. A. Cox 1979-1980
Robert L. McElrath 1981-1987
Charles E. Smith 1987-1993
Wayne Qualls 1994-1995
Jane Walters 1995-1999
E. Vernon Coffey 1999-2001
Faye P. Taylor 2001-2003
Lana C. Seivers 2003-2008
Dr. Timothy K Webb 2008-2010
Patrick Smith 2010-2011
Kevin Huffman 2011-2014
  • District 1
    Mr. B. Fielding Rolston, Chairman
    3745 Arrowhead Trail
    Kingsport, TN 37664
  • District 2
    Mr. Mike Edwards
    Knoxville Chamber of Commerce
    17 Market Square, #201
    Knoxville, TN 37902
  • District 3
    Ms. Allison Chancey
    306 Glenwood Drive
    Chattanooga, TN 37404
  • District 4
    Mr. Lonnie Roberts
    Tennessee Rural Health
    P.O. Box 313
    Columbia, TN 38402
  • District 5
    Ms. Carolyn Pearre, Vice-Chair
    427 Prestwick Court
    Nashville, TN 37205
  • District 6
    Dr. Jean Anne Rogers
    2631 Memorial Boulevard
    Murfreesboro, TN 37129
  • District 7
    Ms. Janet Ayers
    c/o Candice Pierce at First Bank
    211 Commerce Street, Suite 300
    Nashville, TN 37201
  • District 8
    Dr. Melvin Wright, Sr.
    340 North Hays Avenue
    Jackson, TN 38301
  • District 9
    Ms. Teresa Sloyan
    17 West Pontotoc Ave., Suite 200
    Memphis, TN 38103
  • Dr. Gary Nixon, Executive Director
    Tennessee State Board of Education
    710 James Robertson Parkway
    1st Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower
    Nashville, TN 37243-1050
  • Dr. Richard Rhoda, Executive Director
    Tennessee Higher Education Commission
    Parkway Towers, Suite 1900
    404 James Robertson Parkway
    Nashville, TN 37243
  • Ms. Katie Mitchell
    710 James Robertson Parkway
    1st Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower
    Nashville, TN 37243-1050
    Education: Houston High School
    Appointed 2013, current term, 2013-2014
School System Director of Schools Chairperson
ANDERSON COUNTY Mr. Larry Foster John Burrell
Clinton Ms. Vicki Violette Tim Bible
Oak Ridge Dr. Robert Smallridge Keys Fillauer
BEDFORD COUNTY Mr. Don Embry Barry D. Cooper
BENTON COUNTY  Mr. Randall Robertson Joey Cooper
BLEDSOE COUNTY  Ms. Jennifer Terry Charles Young
BLOUNT COUNTY  Mr. Rob Britt Don McNelly
Alcoa Mr. Brain Bell Steve Marsh
Maryville Ms. Stephanie Thompson Christi Sayles
BRADLEY COUNTY  Dr. Johnny McDaniel Charlie Rose
Cleveland Mr. Martin Ringstaff Thomas Cloud
CAMPBELL COUNTY Mr. Donnie Poston Mike Orick
CANNON COUNTY  Ms. Barbara Parker Randy Gannon
CARROLL COUNTY  Mr. John McAdams Harold McLain, Jr.
+Hollow Rock-Bruceton Mr. Rod Sturdivant Tim Runions
+Huntingdon Ms. Pat Dillahunty Lee Carter
+McKenzie Mr. Lynn Watkins John Austin
+South Carroll Dr. Tony Tucker Marty McKnight
+West Carroll Mr. Eric Williams Jimmy Halford
CARTER COUNTY  Dr. Kevin Ward Kelly Crain
Elizabethton Mr. Edwin C. Alexander Matt Cooter
CHEATHAM COUNTY  Dr. Stan Curtis Dianne Proffitt
CHESTER COUNTY  Ms. Cherrie Pipkin Rob Moore
CLAIBORNE COUNTY  Ms. Connie Holdway Tim Duncan
CLAY COUNTY  Mr. Jerry Strong David West
COCKE COUNTY  Mr. Manney Moore Ken Johnson
Newport Mr. Steve Thompson Mickey Powers
COFFEE COUNTY  Dr. LaDonna McFall Ester Sims
Manchester Dr. Prater Powell Bob Bellamy
Tullahoma Dr. Dan Lawson Pat Welsh
CROCKETT COUNTY  Mr. Robert Mullins, Jr. Jasper Taylor
Alamo Ms. Reesha G. Black Craig Laman
Bells Mr. Charlie Williams Gary Emison
CUMBERLAND COUNTY  Ms. Aarona Vanwinkle Dan Schlafer
DAVIDSON COUNTY  Dr. Jesse Register Gracie Porter
DECATUR COUNTY  Dr. Michael Price Robert Bibbs
DEKALB COUNTY  Mr. Mark Willoughby Charles Robinson
DICKSON COUNTY  Mr. Danny Weeks Tim Potter
DYER COUNTY  Dr. Dwight L. Hedge Bruce Kerr
Dyersburg Mr. Dennis Durbin Amy Heckerthorn
FAYETTE COUNTY  Mr. James Teague Bryon O'Brien
FENTRESS COUNTY  Mr. Mike Jones Gary Tinch
FRANKLIN COUNTY  Dr. Rebecca Sharber Chris Guess
GIBSON COUNTY  ………………. ……………….
Humboldt Mr. Steve Bayko Thomas Porter
+Milan Dr. Mary Reel Jimmy Copous
+Trenton Ms. Sandra Harper Dr. Mark Harper
+Bradford Mr. Dan Black Don Lannom
+Gibson Co. Special Mr. Eddie Purett Sara Meals
GILES COUNTY  Ms. Debbie Braden Mike Young
GRAINGER COUNTY  Mr. Edwin Jarnagin Darrell Livesay
GREENE COUNTY  Dr. Vicki Kirk Roger Jones
Greeneville Dr. Linda Stroud Jerry Anderson
GRUNDY COUNTY  Mr. Joel Hargis Gary Don Melton
HAMBLEN COUNTY  Dr. Dale Lynch Joe Gibson
HAMILTON COUNTY  Mr. Rick Smith Mike Evatt
HANCOCK COUNTY  Mr. Mike Antrican Freddie Mullins
HARDEMAN COUNTY  Mr. Warner Ross II Terry King
HARDIN COUNTY  Mr. John O. Thomas David Long
HAWKINS COUNTY  Ms. Charlotte Britton Randall Collier
Rogersville Mrs. Rebecca Isaacs Reed Matney
HAYWOOD COUNTY  Ms. Teresa Russell Harold Garrett
HENDERSON COUNTY  Mr. Steve Wilkinson Tommy Gordan
Lexington Mrs. Susie Bunch Robert Helms
HENRY COUNTY  Mr. Sam Miles  Tricia Reimold
+Paris Mr. Mike Brown Richard Edwards
HICKMAN COUNTY  Dr. Jerry Nash Jackie Deitmen
HOUSTON COUNTY  Ms.  Cathy Harvey Tommy Beechum
HUMPHREYS COUNTY  Mr. Jimmy Long Gene Trotter
JACKSON COUNTY  Mr. Joe D. Barlow Dewey Mabery
JEFFERSON COUNTY  Dr. Charles Edmonds Anne Marie Potts
JOHNSON COUNTY  Mr. Morris Woodring Gerald Buckles
KNOX COUNTY  Mr. James McIntyre Thomas Deakins
LAKE COUNTY  Mr. Corwin Robinson Shane Hamilton
LAUDERDALE COUNTY  Mr. Shawn Kimble Malinda Hutcherson
LAWRENCE COUNTY Dr. Bill Heath Jerry Campbell
LEWIS COUNTY  Mr. Benny Pace Phyllis Townsend
LINCOLN COUNTY  Dr. Wanda Shelton Jerry Pendergrass
Fayetteville Dr. Janine Wilson Mark Clark
LOUDON COUNTY  Mr. Jason Vance Scott Newman
Lenoir City Ms. Jeanne Barker Rosemary Quillen
MCMINN COUNTY  Mr. Mickey Blevins Pat Chester
Athens Mr. Robert Greene Michael Bevins
Etowah Mr. Mike Frazier Phil Waycaster
MCNAIRY COUNTY Mr. Charles Miskelly Frank Lacey
MACON COUNTY  Ms. Margaret Oldham Ronald Birdwell
MADISON CO. Mr. Thomas White David Clifft
MARION COUNTY  Mr. Mark Griffith James Poston
+Richard City Ms. Cindy Blevins Bill Norman
MARSHALL COUNTY  Ms. Jackie Abernathy Mike Keny
MAURY COUNTY  Mr. Edward E. Hickman Shaw Daniels
MEIGS COUNTY  Mr. Don Roberts Christopher Clark
MONROE COUNTY  Mr. Mike Lowry W. Larry Stein
Sweetwater Ms. Melanie Miller Richard Rowe
MONTGOMERY COUNTY Dr. B.J. Worthington George Giles
MOORE COUNTY  Mr. Chad Moorehead Lorie McKenzie
MORGAN COUNTY  Dr. Edd Diden Terry Armes
OBION COUNTY  Mr. David W. Huss Brain Rainey
Union City Mr. Gary L. Houston Glenda Caudle
OVERTON COUNTY  Mr. Matt Eldridge Howard Miller
PERRY COUNTY  Mr. Eric Lomax Martha Sharp
PICKETT COUNTY  Ms. Dianne Elder Jerry Mitchell
POLK COUNTY  Mr. James Jones Harmon Harden
PUTNAM COUNTY  Mr. Jerry Boyd Eric Brown
RHEA COUNTY Mr. Jerry Levengood Dale Harris
Dayton Mr. Michael Latham Bob Vincent
ROANE COUNTY  Mr. Gary Aytes Drake Langley
ROBERTSON COUNTY Mr. Dan Whitlow Stoney Crockett
RUTHERFORD COUNTY Mr. Don Odom Mark Byrnes
Murfreesboro Dr. Linda Arms Gilbert Mary Wade
SCOTT COUNTY  Mr. Bill Hall James Sexton
+Oneida Ms. Ann Sexton Nancy Williamson
SEQUATCHIE COUNTY  Mr. Johnny Cordell Charlie Rollins
SEVIER COUNTY  Dr. Jack A. Parton Becky Barnes
SHELBY COUNTY  Mr. John Aitken Billy Orgel
Memphis Mr. Kriner Cash Billy Orgel
SMITH COUNTY Mr. Roger Lewis Tommy Manning
STEWART COUNTY  Dr. Phillip Wallace Billy Sexton
SULLIVAN COUNTY  Mr. Jubal Yennie Ron Smith
Bristol Mr. Gary L. Lilly Nelson Pyle
Kingsport Dr. Lyle Ailshie Randall Montgomery
SUMNER COUNTY Dr. D.R. Phillips Don Long
TIPTON COUNTY  Dr. WIlliam Bibb Marty Haywood
TROUSDALE COUNTY  Mr. Clint Satterfield Jimmy Crabtree
UNICOI COUNTY  Ms. Denise H. Brown Renea Jones-Rogers
UNION COUNTY  Mr. Wayne Goforth Brian Oaks
VAN BUREN COUNTY Mr. Michael R. Martin Ricky Walling
WARREN COUNTY  Mr. Bobby Cox Scott Holmes
WASHINGTON COUNTY  Mr. Ronald Dykes Clarence Mabe
Johnson City Dr. Richard Bales Kathy Hall
WAYNE COUNTY  Dr. Gailand Grinder Barry Hanback
WEAKLEY COUNTY  Mr. Randy Frazier Dr. Gordon Morris
WHITE COUNTY  Ms. Sandra Crouch Gary Sparkman
WILLIAMSON COUNTY  Dr. Mike Looney Patricia Anderson
+Franklin City Dr. David Snowden Sherry Badger
WILSON COUNTY  Mr. Mike Davis Don Weathers
+Lebanon Mr. Scott Benson Steve Jones       
Table 1 Number of Public Schools (K - 12)
Number of Elementary Schools 1,044
Number of Middle Schools 323
Number of Secondary Schools 341
Number of Vocational Schools 5
Special Education Schools 9
Number of Adult High Schools 20
Number of Alternative Schools 21
Total Number of Schools 1,763      
Table 2 Training of Public Personnel (K - 12)
Level of Education Men Women Not Reported Total
Ph. D. Degree 375 694 0 1069
Ed. S. Degree 1,437 4,381 1 5,819
M.A. plus 45 qtr. hrs. 1,269 4,390 2 5,661
Master's Degree 6,016 22,110 38 28,163
Bachelor's Degree 5,736 20,344 122 26,201
3 Years College 0 1 0 1
2 Years College 30 53 0 83
1 Year College 0 2 0 2
0 Years College 610 252 2 863
Total 15,473 52,227 165 67,864      
Table 3 Assignment of Teachers, Administrators and Members of Boards of Education (K - 12)
Elementary Classroom Teachers 45,690
Secondary Classroom Teachers 19,549
Total Classroom Teachers 65,239
Elementary School Principals 1,171
Secondary School Principals 471
Principals Serving Both Elementary and Secondary Grades 124
Total School Principals  1,767
Elementary School Assistant Principals 745
Secondary School Assistant Principals 883
Assistant Principals Serving Both Elementary and Secondary Grades 134
Total Assistant Principals 1,762
Supervisors of Instruction – Elementary Grades Only 97
Supervisors of Instruction – Secondary Grades Only 86
Supervisors of Instruction Serving Both Elementary & Secondary Grades 115
Total Supervisors of Instruction  298
Elementary Librarians 1,068
Secondary Librarians 413
Librarians Serving Both Elementary and Secondary Grades 99
Total Librarians 1,580
Elementary Guidance Personnel 1,166
Secondary Guidance Personnel 980
Guidance Personnel Serving Both Elementary and Secondary Grades 145
Total Guidance Personnel 2,292
Other Professional Instructional Personnel 3,551
Psychological Personnel 456
Attendance Personnel 76
Total Number of Instructional Personnel 77,020
Superintendents 136
Assistant Superintendents 41
Other Licensed Educators 502
Total Number of Certificated Personnel 77,699
Non-Certificated Administrative Personnel 1009
Members of Boards of Education 814      
Table 4 Other Employees of Boards of Education
Health Personnel
a. Nurses 1074
b. Other Professional & Technical Health Personnel 411
Secretarial and Clerical Personnel
a. School Support Level 4,657
b. System Support Level 1,840
Plant Operation Personnel
a. Custodians 4,092
b. Other 276
Plant Maintenance Personnel 2,126
Transportation Personnel 6,352
Food Service Personnel 9,286
Educational Assistants
a. Regular 6,232
b. Library 539
c. Special Education 8,341
d. Vocational Education 74
e. Other 1,455
Data Processing 606
School Safety Personnel 753
Other Employees 1,449
Total 49,463
Total Number of Employees of Board of Education 129,085      
Table 5 Average Salary
Licensed Educators $49,923
Instructional Personnel $49,647
Classroom Teachers $47,563
Principals $80,048
Superintendents $108,820      
Table 6 Number of High School Graduates
Regular Diplomas 62,019
Special Education Diplomas 1,092
Certificates of Attendance 22
Grand Total All Diplomas/Certificates 63,133      
Table 7 Average Daily Membership*
Kindergarten 79,723
First Grade 77,717
Second Grade 74,446
Third Grade 73,586
Fourth Grade 73,013
Fifth Grade 72,885
Sixth Grade 73,271
Seventh Grade 73,246
Eighth Grade 72,442
Ninth Grade 74,267
Tenth Grade 69,363
Eleventh Grade 64,289
Twelfth Grade 62,080
Special Education Self-Contained 16,545
Total ADM 956,973      

*Includes Adult High School Students 
- Total off due to rounding.

Table 8 Average Daily Attendance*
Kindergarten 75,342
First Grade 72,900
Second Grade 71,116
Third Grade 70,471
Fourth Grade 69,899
Fifth Grade 69,795
Sixth Grade 70,095
Seventh Grade 69,830
Eighth Grade 68,583
Ninth Grade 70,366
Tenth Grade 65,601
Eleventh Grade 60,649
Twelfth Grade 57,896
Special Education Self-Contained 15,489
Total ADA 909,032      

*Includes Adult High School Students

Table 9 First Month Membership (Kindergarten through Twelve)
Kindergarten 81,273
First Grade 78,967
Second Grade 75,781
Third Grade 74,983
Fourth Grade 74,497
Fifth Grade 74,485
Sixth Grade 75,289
Seventh Grade 75,471
Eighth Grade 74,606
Ninth Grade 76,747
Tenth Grade 72,093
Eleventh Grade 67,256
Twelfth Grade 65,725
Total Net Enrollment 967,173      
Table 10 Record of Pupil Progress
Promotions 913,598
Retentions 23,985
Incidents of Suspension 111,007
Student Expulsions 3,074
Long Term Change of Placement 4,149
Students Suspended 62,651      
Table 11 Number of Children Ages 3 through 21 with Disability Receiving Special Education Services
Learning Disabled 47,040
Intellectual Disabled 7,519
Speech /Language Impaired 33,314
Emotionally Disturbed 3,299
Autism 7,317
Health Impaired 14,630
Physically Impaired 737
Hearing Impaired or Deaf 1,496
Visually Impaired or Blind 688
Deaf/Blind 11
Multi-Disabilities 2,214
Developmentally Delayed 8,814
Traumatic Brain Injury 328
Total 127,407      
Table 12 (PART A) Pupil Transportation
Miles of Bus Route One Way (Daily) 319,758
Number of Vehicles Employed in Pupil Transportation 8,837
Number of Pupils Enrolled for Transportation 651,259
Average Number of Pupils Transported Over 1 1/2 Miles 528,464
Type of Bus Ownership
District Owned 6,700
Private Owned/Contracted 2,770      
Table 12 (PART B) Driver and Accidents
Number of Bus Drivers
Regular 7,397
Substitute 1,632
Total 9,029
Type of Accident:  
Property Damage 1,219
Personal Injuries 207
Treated and Released 196
Confined Overnight 11
Fatalities 0      
Table 12 (PART C) Composite Age of Buses in Operation (Including Spares)
Years in Service Type A Type B Type C Type D
1 48 15 84 207
2 58 24 148 262
3 64 22 445 262
4 110 18 114 241
5 55 32 123 270
6 50 24 89 462
7 132 16 109 328
8 83 33 90 234
9 113 34 86 296
10 67 22 96 360
11 73 20 89 270
12 89 22 182 340
13 64 21 200 439
14 44 14 173 448
15 21 10 149 300
16 22 2 122 216
17 8 1 73 99
Total 1,101 330 2,372 5,034      
Total Receipts From State $4,110,920,304
Total Receipts From Federal Government 1,178,875,677
Total Receipts From County and City or Special District 3,157,044,601
Total Other Revenue Receipts 352,237,489
Total Revenue Receipts $8,799,078,071
Total Non-Revenue Receipts 612,807,712
Grand Total Receipts From All Sources $9,411,885,783      
Instruction $4,971,527,643
Support Services – Student 348,768,305
Support Services – Instructional Staff 552,764,404
Support Services – Administration $773,294,484
Support Services-Operations & Maintenance of Plant 720,259,340
Other Current Expenditures 942,159,655
Total Current Expenditures $8,308,773,830
Community Services 62,279,455
Early Childhood Education 97,187,913
Capital Outlay 78,714,258
Debt Services Operating Transfers 518,260,291
Capital Projects  306,529,822
Grand Total of All Expenditures $9,371,745,569
Total Operating Expenditures* $8,447,759,275
Operating Expenditures Per PUPIL ADA* $9,307      

*Operating Expenditures Per Pupil ADA includes: Current Expenditures Per LEA Financial Report (excluding Student Body Education and Adult Education); U.S.D.A. Commodity Value; and State Level Program and Administrative Expenses.