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2014 District Accountability

Tennessee adopted a new accountability system in 2012, after securing a waiver from certain portions of No Child Left Behind. Under the new system, Tennessee looks to districts to increase achievement levels for all students and reduce achievement gaps that exist between certain groups.

Rather than expecting all districts to meet the same benchmarks year after year, the system 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 2013-14 designations can be found below.

Exemplary Districts:

  • Meet the majority of their Achievement targets;
  • Meet majority of their Gap Closure targets;
  • Ensure every subgroup—Students with Disabilities, racial minorities, and students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds—moves forward in a majority of its target areas.

These three requirements show that districts are raising proficiency levels, narrowing achievement gaps and guaranteeing growth for all students.

The following districts are designated as Exemplary for 2013-14:

  • Dyersburg
  • Lauderdale County
  • Richard City

Districts in need of improvement fail to reach the majority of their targets for both Achievement and Gap Closure.

These districts will meet in-person with department officials to set an aggressive, effective plan to meet the goals they missed the year prior.

The following districts are designated In Need of Improvement for 2013-14:

District Reason(s)
Alamo
  • District made 2 of 4 achievement AMOs
  • District made 1 of 6 gap closure AMOs
Benton County
  • District made 4 of 11 achievement AMOs
Bradley County
  • District made 5 of 11 achievement AMOs
  • District made 5 of 14 gap closure AMOs
Campbell County
  • District made 4 of 11 achievement AMOs
  • District made 0 of 9 gap closure AMOs
Clinton
  • District made 0 of 4 achievement AMOs
  • District made 3 of 6 gap closure AMOs
Cocke County
  • District made 5 of 11 achievement AMOs
  • District made 6 of 12 gap closure AMOs
Coffee County
  • District made 4 of 11 achievement AMOs
  • District made 7 of 11 gap closure AMOs
Fayette County
  • District made 4 of 11 achievement AMOs
  • District made 3 of 11 gap closure AMOs
Fayetteville
  • District made 5 of 10 achievement AMOs
Franklin City
  • District made 2 of 6 achievement AMOs
  • District made 1 of 8 gap AMOs
Grundy County
  • District made 5 of 11 achievement AMOs
  • District made 3 of 8 gap closure AMOs
Hawkins County
  • District made 5 of 11 achievement AMOs
  • District made 2 of 11 gap closure AMOs
Lebanon
  • District made 3 of 6 achievement AMOs
  • District made 3 of 8 gap closure AMOs
Manchester
  • District made 3 of 6 achievement AMOs
  • District made 2 of 6 gap closure AMOs
McNairy County
  • District made 5 of 11 achievement AMOs
  • District made 2 of 12 gap closure AMOs
Montgomery County
  • District made 4 of 11 achievement AMOs
  • District made 7 of 14 gap closure AMOs
Morgan County
  • District made 4 of 11 achievement AMOs
  • District made 3 of 8 gap closure AMOs
Murfreesboro
  • District made 1 of 4 achievement AMOs
  • District made 2 of 8 gap closure AMOs
Newport
  • District made 2 of 6 achievement AMOs
Oak Ridge
  • District made 4 of 11 achievement AMOs
  • District made 7 of 14 gap closure AMOs
Robertson County
  • District made 5 of 11 achievement AMOs
  • District made 5 of 14 gap closure AMOs
Sullivan County
  • District made 5 of 11 achievement AMOs
  • District made 6 of 12 gap closure AMOs
Sweetwater
  • District made 2 of 6 achievement AMOs
  • District made 1 of 6 gap closure AMOs

These districts:

  • May successfully attain their goals in Achievement, Gap Closure or even both, but experience declines among particular groups of students.
  • Focus efforts on ensuring all groups of students show improvement in the following year.

The following districts are designated In Need of Subgroup Improvement for 2013-14:

District Subgroup(s) Needing Improvement

Alcoa

Economically Disadvantaged
Students with Disabilities

Alvin C. York Institute

Economically Disadvantaged

Athens

White
Hispanic
Black
Economically Disadvantaged
Students with Disabilities

Bells

Hispanic
Black

Bledsoe County

Economically Disadvantaged

Blount County

Students with Disabilities

Bristol

Hispanic
Economically Disadvantaged
Students with Disabilities

Carter County

Students with Disabilities

Cheatham County

Hispanic

Chester County

Hispanic
Economically Disadvantaged

Claiborne County

Students with Disabilities

Clay County

Students with Disabilities

Cleveland

White
Hispanic
Students with Disabilities
English Language Learners

Crockett County

Students with Disabilities

Cumberland County

Students with Disabilities

Davidson County

Asian

Decatur County

Hispanic
Black
Students with Disabilities

DeKalb County

Hispanic
Students with Disabilities
English Language Learners

Dickson County

Students with Disabilities

Dyer County

White
Hispanic
Students with Disabilities

Elizabethton

Black
Students with Disabilities

Fentress County

Students with Disabilities

Franklin County

Hispanic
Black
Economically Disadvantaged
Students with Disabilities

Giles County

Economically Disadvantaged

Grainger County

Students with Disabilities

Greeneville

Economically Disadvantaged

Hamblen County

White
Black
Asian
Students with Disabilities

Hamilton County

Students with Disabilities
English Language Learners

Hancock County

White

Hardeman County

Students with Disabilities

Hardin County

White
Black
Economically Disadvantaged
Students with Disabilities

Haywood County

Students with Disabilities

Henry County

Black
Students with Disabilities

Hickman County

Black

Hollow Rock-Bruceton

Economically Disadvantaged

Houston County

White
Economically Disadvantaged
Students with Disabilities

Humboldt

Black
Economically Disadvantaged

Huntingdon

Black
Students with Disabilities

Jackson County

White
Students with Disabilities

Jackson-Madison County

White
Hispanic
Students with Disabilities

Jefferson County

Hispanic
Black
Economically Disadvantaged
Students with Disabilities

Johnson City

Students with Disabilities

Johnson County

White
Students with Disabilities

Kingsport

Black

Knox County

White
Hispanic
Students with Disabilities
English Language Learners

Lake County

Black
Students with Disabilities

Lawrence County

Hispanic
Black
Students with Disabilities

Lenoir City

Hispanic

Lexington

Students with Disabilities

Lincoln County

White
Economically Disadvantaged

Loudon County

Hispanic

Macon County

Students with Disabilities

Marion County

Students with Disabilities

Maury County

Asian
English Language Learners

McKenzie

White
Black
Economically Disadvantaged
Students with Disabilities

McMinn County

White
Economically Disadvantaged
Students with Disabilities

Obion County

Hispanic
Black

Oneida

Students with Disabilities

Perry County

Economically Disadvantaged

Pickett County

White
Economically Disadvantaged

Putnam County

Hispanic
Economically Disadvantaged
Students with Disabilities
English Language Learners

Rhea County

Students with Disabilities

Rutherford County

White
Black
Asian
Economically Disadvantaged
English Language Learners

Sequatchie County

White
Economically Disadvantaged
Students with Disabilities

Sevier County

Hispanic
Asian
Students with Disabilities
English Language Learners

Shelby County

White
Native American
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

Smith County

White
Economically Disadvantaged
Students with Disabilities

Stewart County

Economically Disadvantaged

Tipton

Hispanic
Students with Disabilities

Trousdale

Students with Disabilities

Tullahoma

Students with Disabilities

Unicoi County

White
Students with Disabilities

Warren County

White
Students with Disabilities

Washington County

Hispanic

Wayne County

White
Economically Disadvantaged

White County

Hispanic

Williamson County

Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

Wilson County

Economically Disadvantaged
Students with Disabilities
English Language Learners

Background

The Tennessee Department of Education secured a waiver from certain portions of the federal accountability law No Child Left Behind in 2012. This waiver allowed the state to continue to improve academically and meet its own growth goals, rather than the unrealistically high proficiency cutoffs set by the federal government.

Tennessee’s Accountability System

Tennessee created its own accountability system that replaces No Child Left Behind’s accountability measures, called Adequate Yearly Progress or AYP. The system also aligns with the state’s goal of becoming the fastest-improving in the nation.

  • Rather than expecting all schools to meet certain proficiency targets, the new system focuses on growth and improvement, recognizing that schools are starting from various levels of proficiency.
  • The system requires a focus on ensuring growth for all students every year and closing achievement gaps by ensuring faster growth for those students who are furthest behind.
  • Unlike No Child Left Behind, which was primarily focused on accountability at the school level, Tennessee’s accountability system positions districts as key points of action to help schools improve.
  • To assist districts in growing their overall achievement and narrowing gaps, the state’s Centers of Regional Excellence, or CORE offices, are equipped with data specialists, content specialists, and support staff. These centers help districts learn from each other and target their intervention to the subjects and student populations that need it the most.

District Level Accountability

Districts reach Exemplary status if they:

  • Meet the majority of their achievement goals,
  • Meet majority of their goals to close achievement gaps, and
  • Ensure every subgroup—students with disabilities, racial minorities, English learners and students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds—also moves forward in a majority of its target areas.

These three requirements show that districts are raising proficiency levels, narrowing achievement gaps, and guaranteeing growth for all students.

Districts that fail to reach the majority of their targets for both achievement and gap closure are In Need of Improvement. These districts will meet in-person with department officials to set an aggressive, effective plan to meet the goals they missed the year prior.

Districts may successfully attain their goals in achievement, gap closure, or even both, while experiencing declines among particular groups of students. These districts are designated In Need of Subgroup Improvement and will focus efforts on ensuring all groups of students show improvement in the following year.