2017 District Accountability

Under Tennessee’s accountability system, districts must increase achievement levels for all students and show faster growth in achievement for the students who are furthest behind in order to reduce achievement gaps. 2016-17 is the final year of the current accountability system before the state transitions to an updated accountability model as part of the transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act. To read more about district accountability in ESSA and what will change for 2017-18, please see this fact sheet.

Rather than expecting all districts to meet the same benchmarks year after year, the accountability model acknowledges that districts are starting from different places and rewards those that show the most growth. A brief description of the accountability measures and the 2016-17 designations can be found below. For more information on Tennessee's accountability system, please see the 2017 District Accountability Protocol.

Districts designated as exemplary are exceeding the growth expectation on average for both all students and each historically underserved student group.

Districts Designated as Exemplary

The following districts are designated as Exemplary for 2016-17:

  • Alamo
  • Alcoa
  • Arlington
  • Bartlett
  • Blount County
  • Clay County
  • Collierville
  • Dayton
  • Decatur County
  • Dyersburg
  • Elizabethton
  • Etowah
  • Fentress County
  • Germantown
  • Gibson Co Special School District
  • Grainger County
  • Greeneville
  • Grundy County
  • H Rock Bruceton
  • Hancock County
  • Humboldt
  • Humphreys County
  • Johnson City
  • Lakeland
  • Lebanon
  • Lenoir City
  • Loudon County
  • Marshall County
  • Maryville
  • Moore County
  • Murfreesboro
  • Newport
  • Obion County
  • Oneida
  • Pickett County
  • Putnam County
  • Roane County
  • Rutherford County
  • Scott County
  • Smith County
  • South Carroll
  • Sumner County
  • Tennessee School for the Blind
  • Tipton County
  • Unicoi County
  • Van Buren County
  • Washington County
  • Williamson County
Districts Designated as Achieving

Districts designated as Achieving are meeting the growth expectation for all students and historically underserved student groups, on average.

The following districts are designated as Achieving for 2016-17:

  • Alvin C York Institute
  • Athens
  • Benton County
  • Bledsoe County
  • Bradford
  • Bradley County
  • Bristol
  • Campbell County
  • Cannon County
  • Cheatham County
  • Chester County
  • Cleveland
  • Clinton
  • Cocke County
  • Coffee County
  • Crockett County
  • Cumberland County
  • Davidson County
  • Dickson County
  • Dyer County
  • Fayetteville
  • Franklin
  • Franklin County
  • Giles County
  • Greene County
  • Hamblen County
  • Hamilton County
  • Henderson County
  • Houston County
  • Jackson County
  • Jefferson County
  • Kingsport
  • Lake County
  • Lauderdale County
  • Lewis County
  • Lexington
  • Lincoln County
  • Macon County
  • Madison County
  • Manchester
  • Marion County
  • McMinn County
  • McNairy County
  • Milan
  • Millington
  • Monroe County
  • Morgan County
  • Oak Ridge
  • Overton County
  • Paris
  • Polk County
  • Sequatchie County
  • Shelby County
  • Stewart County
  • Sullivan County
  • Trenton
  • Trousdale County
  • Tullahoma
  • Union County
  • Warren County
  • Wayne County
  • Weakley County
  • West Carroll Special School District
  • White County
  • Wilson County
Districts Designated as Progressing

Districts designated as Progressing are improving but not meeting the growth expectation for all students and historically underserved student groups, on average.

The following districts are designated Progressing for 2016-17:

  • Bedford County
  • Fayette County
  • Hardeman County
  • Hickman County
  • Maury County
  • Meigs County
  • Perry County
  • Rogersville
Districts Designated as In Need of Improvement

Districts designated as In Need of Improvement are not meeting minimum progress goals for all students and/or historically underserved students, or they missed the 95% participation rate for all students or at least one of the historically underserved student groups.

The following districts are designated In Need of Improvement for 2016-17:

  • Anderson County
  • Achievement School District
  • Bells
  • Carter County*
  • Claiborne County
  • DeKalb County*
  • Department of Children Services
  • Hawkins County
  • Haywood County
  • Henry County
  • Johnson County
  • Knox County*
  • Lawrence County
  • McKenzie
  • Rhea County*
  • Richard City
  • Robertson County
  • Sweetwater
  • Tennessee School for the Deaf
  • Union City*

*Indicates those districts In Need of Improvement only due to their participation rate falling below 95% for all students or a student subgroup. 

Districts Designations in Process

These districts are pending final accountability determinations based on additional data review:

  • Huntingdon County
  • Montgomery County
  • Hardin County
  • Sevier County