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2016 Annual Statistical Report

The Annual Statistical Report for fiscal year 2015-2016 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
Candice McQueen 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
    1400 Durkee Road S.E.
    Cleveland, TN 37323
  • District 4
    Mr. Lonnie Roberts
    1158 Roseland Drive
    Columbia, TN 38401
  • District 5
    Ms. Carolyn Pearre, Vice-Chair
    427 Prestwick Court
    Nashville, TN 37205
  • District 6
    Ms. Lillian Hartgrove
    3631 Burton Cove Road
    Cookeville, TN 38506-6132
  • District 7
    Ms. Wendy Tucker
    2819 Polo Club Road
    Nashville, TN 37221-4345
  • District 8
    Mr. Cato Johnson
    9155 Hillmann Way Drive
    Memphis, TN 38134
  • District 9
    Dr. William E. Troutt
    688 Magnolia Manor Circle
    Memphis, TN 38117
  • Student Member
    Ms. Tiffany Cook
    Cherokee High School
    Hawkins County, TN
  • Sara Heyburn, Executive Director
    Tennessee State Board of Education
    710 James Robertson Parkway
    1st Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower
    Nashville, TN 37243-1050
School System Director of Schools Chairperson
ANDERSON COUNTY Mr. Larry Foster John  Burrell
Clinton Ms. Vicki Violette Tim Bible
Oak Ridge Mr. Bruce Borchers Keys Fillauer
BEDFORD COUNTY Mr. Don Embry Amy Martin
BENTON COUNTY  Mr. Mark Florence Joey Cooper
BLEDSOE COUNTY  Ms. Jennifer Terry Bobby Angel
BLOUNT COUNTY  Mr. Rob Britt Trevis Gardner
Alcoa Mr. Brain Bell Steve Marsh
Maryville Mr. Mike Winstead Doug Jenkins
BRADLEY COUNTY  Ms. Linda Cash Christopher A. Turner
Cleveland Mr. Martin Ringstaff Dawn Robinson
CAMPBELL COUNTY Mr. Larry Nidiffer Mike Orick
CANNON COUNTY  Ms. Barbara Parker Randy Gannon
CARROLL COUNTY  Mr. John McAdams Harold McLain Jr.
+Hollow Rock-Bruceton Mr. David Duncan Tim Runions
+Huntingdon Ms. Pat Dillahunty Lee Carter
+McKenzie Mr. Lynn Watkins John Austin
+South Carroll Dr. Tony Tucker Philip Moore
+West Carroll Mr. Eric Williams Jimmy Halford
CARTER COUNTY  Dr. Kevin Ward Rusty Barnett
Elizabethton Dr. Corey Gardenhour Rita Booher
CHEATHAM COUNTY  Dr. Stan Curtis Brian Chase
CHESTER COUNTY  Mr. Tony Kilzer Bob Moore
CLAIBORNE COUNTY  Ms. Connie Holdway Brian Pendleton
CLAY COUNTY  Mr. Jerry Strong Benji Bailey
COCKE COUNTY  Mr. Manney Moore Richard Coggins
Newport Ms. Sandra Burchette Mickey Powers
COFFEE COUNTY  Dr. LaDonna McFall Brett Henley
Manchester Ms. Sandra Morris Mike Lewis
Tullahoma Dr. Dan Lawson Pat Welsh
CROCKETT COUNTY  Mr. Robert Mullins, Jr. Jasper Taylor
Alamo Ms. Reesha G. Black Lawrence Harden
Bells Mr. Mark Wallace Gary Emison
CUMBERLAND COUNTY  Mr. Donald Andrews Don Hassler
DAVIDSON COUNTY  Mr. Chris Henson Sharon Gentry
DECATUR COUNTY  Mr. Branson Townsend Robert Bibbs
DEKALB COUNTY  Mr. Patrick Cripps W.J. Evins
DICKSON COUNTY  Mr. Danny Weeks Tim Potter
DYER COUNTY  Dr. Dwight L. Hedge Mike McLaughlin
Dyersburg Mr. Dennis Durbin Joe Yates
FAYETTE COUNTY  Mr. Marlon King Bob Doll
FENTRESS COUNTY  Mr. Mike Jones Gary Tinch
FRANKLIN COUNTY  Ms. Amie Lonas Kevin Caroland
GIBSON COUNTY  ……………….  
Humboldt Dr. Versie Hamlett Terry Johnson
+Milan Ms. Judy McGregor Sid Crocker
+Trenton Ms. Sandra Harper Mark Harper
+Bradford Mr. Dan Black Don Lannom
+Gibson Co. Special Mr. Eddie Pruett Tom Lannom
GILES COUNTY  Mr. Phillip Wright Richie Brewer
GRAINGER COUNTY  Mr. Edwin Jarnagin Harold Frazier
GREENE COUNTY  Mr. David McClain Rick Tipton
Greeneville Mr. Jeffrey Moorhouse Craig Ogle
GRUNDY COUNTY  Ms. Jessie Kinsey Timothy Spicer
HAMBLEN COUNTY  Dr. Dale Lynch Joe Gibson, Jr.
HAMILTON COUNTY  Mr. Rick Smith Jonathan Welch
HANCOCK COUNTY  Mr. Tony Seal Hugh Kyle Livesay
HARDEMAN COUNTY  Mr. Warner Ross II Bobby Henderson
HARDIN COUNTY  Mr. Michael Davis Ron Ashe
HAWKINS COUNTY  Mr. Steve Starnes Chris Christian
Rogersville Mrs. Rebecca Isaacs Reed Matney
HAYWOOD COUNTY  Ms. Teresa Russell Harold Garrett
HENDERSON COUNTY  Mr. Steve Wilkinson Tommy Gordon
Lexington Mrs. Susie Bunch Robert Helms
HENRY COUNTY  Mr. Brian Norton Jim McCampbell
+Paris Mr. Mike Brown Richard Edwards
HICKMAN COUNTY  Dr. Jerry Nash Jackie Deitmen
HOUSTON COUNTY  Ms. Cathy Harvey Kinney Spears
HUMPHREYS COUNTY  Mr. Jimmy Long Gene Trotter
JACKSON COUNTY  Mr. Joe D. Barlow Dewey C. Mabery
JEFFERSON COUNTY  Dr. Charles Edmonds Bill Jarnigan
JOHNSON COUNTY  Dr. Mischelle Simcox Kevin Long
KNOX COUNTY  Mr. James McIntyre Mike McMillan
LAKE COUNTY  Ms. Sherry Darnell Warren Douglas
LAUDERDALE COUNTY  Mr. Shawn Kimble Robert Harris
LAWRENCE COUNTY Mr. Johnny McDaniel Brenda Jacobs
LEWIS COUNTY  Mr. Benny Pace Jeff Gandy
LINCOLN COUNTY  Mr. Bill Health Jerry Pendergrass
Fayetteville Dr. Janine Wilson Jeff Whitmore
LOUDON COUNTY  Mr. Jason Vance Scott Newman
Lenoir City Ms. Jeanne Barker Rick Chadwick
MCMINN COUNTY  Mr. Mickey Blevins Quinten Howard
Athens Ms. Melanie Miller Mike Bevins
Etowah Dr. Mike Frazier Marilyn Miller
MCNAIRY COUNTY Mr. John Prince Jarrell Stanfield
MACON COUNTY  Mr. Anthony Boles Rebekah Tuttle
MADISON CO. Verna Ruffin Jim  Campbell
MARION COUNTY  Mr. Mark Griffith Julie Bennett
+Richard City Ms. Cindy Blevins Melissa Phenis
MARSHALL COUNTY  Ms. Jackie Abernathy Donnie Moses
MAURY COUNTY  Mr. Christopher Marczak David Bates
MEIGS COUNTY  Mr. Don Roberts Christopher Clark
MONROE COUNTY  Mr. Tim Blankenship Larry Stein
Sweetwater Mr. Rodney Boruff Janie Dacus
MONTGOMERY COUNTY Dr. B.J. Worthington Josh Baggett
MOORE COUNTY  Mr. Chad Moorehead Lorrie McKenzie
MORGAN COUNTY  Mr. Ronnie Wilson Randy Harlan
OBION COUNTY  Mr. Russ Davis Fritz Fussell
Union City Mr. Gary L. Houston Glenda Caudle
OVERTON COUNTY  Dr. Terry Webb Mike Gilpatrick
PERRY COUNTY  Mr. Eric Lomax Martha Sharp
PICKETT COUNTY  Ms. Dianne Elder John Reagan
POLK COUNTY  Mr. James Jones Mark Williams
PUTNAM COUNTY  Mr. Jerry Boyd Dawn Fry
RHEA COUNTY Mr. Jerry Levengood John Mincy
Dayton Mr. Michael Latham Gary Louallen
ROANE COUNTY  Mr. Gary Aytes Michael L. Miller
ROBERTSON COUNTY Mr. Mike Davis Connie Hogan
RUTHERFORD COUNTY Mr. Don Odom Wayne R. Blair
Murfreesboro Dr. Linda Arms Gilbert Butch Campbell
SCOTT COUNTY  Mr. Bill Hall John Vernon Thompson
+Oneida Ms. Ann Sexton Nancy Williamson
SEQUATCHIE COUNTY  Mr. Michael Swafford Charlie Rollins
SEVIER COUNTY  Dr. Jack A. Parton Mike Oakley
SHELBY COUNTY  Mr. Dorsey E. Hopson Teresa Jones
Arlington Community Ms. Tammy Mason Kay Williams
Bartlett City Mr. David Stephens Jeff Norris
Collierville Schools Mr. John Aitken Mark Hansen
Germantown Municipal Mr. Jason Manuel Linda Fisher
Lakeland Municipal Mr. Ted Horrell Kevin Floyd
Millington Municipal Mr. David Roper Cody Childress
SMITH COUNTY Mr. Barry Smith Brian Smith
STEWART COUNTY  Mrs. Leta Joiner Billy Sexton
SULLIVAN COUNTY  Ms. Evelyn Rafalowski Dan Wells
Bristol Mr. Gary L. Lilly Jim Butcher
Kingsport Dr. Lyle Ailshie Carrie Upshaw
SUMNER COUNTY Dr. D. R. Phillips Beth Cox
TIPTON COUNTY  Dr. William Bibb Marty Burlison
TROUSDALE COUNTY  Mr. Clint Satterfield Denice Jackson
UNICOI COUNTY  Mr. John English Tyler Engle
UNION COUNTY  Mr. Jimmy Carter David Coppock
VAN BUREN COUNTY Mrs. Cheryl Cole Ricky Walling
WARREN COUNTY  Mr. Bobby Cox Scott Holmes
WASHINGTON COUNTY  Mr. Ronald Dykes Todd Ganger
Johnson City Dr. Richard Bales Tim Belisle
WAYNE COUNTY  Mr. Marlon Davis Barry Hanback
WEAKLEY COUNTY  Mr. Randy Frazier Gordon Morris
WHITE COUNTY  Ms. Sandra Crouch Edd M. Cantrell, II
WILLIAMSON COUNTY  Dr. Mike Looney Gary Anderson
+Franklin City Dr. David Snowden Tim Stillings
WILSON COUNTY  Dr. Donna Wright Larry Tomlinson
+Lebanon Mr. Scott Benson Steve Jones
ASD (Achievement School District) Ms. Malika Anderson  

+Indicates Special School District

Table 1 Number of Public Schools (K - 12)
Number of Elementary Schools 1,101
Number of Middle Schools 310
Number of Secondary Schools 343
Number of Vocational Schools 14
Special Education Schools 12
Number of Adult High Schools 27
Number of Alternative Schools 22
Total Number of Schools 1,829      
Table 2 Training of Public Personnel (K - 12)
Education Level Men Women Not Reported Total
Ph. D. Degree 436 841 1 1,278
Ed. S. Degree 1,544 4,597 3 6,143
M.A. plus 45 qtr. hrs. 1,094 3,693 1 4,789
Master's Degree 6,236 22,808 32 29,076
Bachelor's Degree 5,994 21,528 66 27,587
3 Years College 0 1 0 1
2 Years College 46 84 0 130
1 Year College 6 2 0 9
0 Years College 592 349 12 953
Total 15,948 53,904 114 69,966      

Note: Total will not match total licensed personnel from Table 3. Table 2 contains only those assignment codes used for Report Card as "Administrators" and "Teachers"

Table 3 Assignment of Teachers, Administrators and Members of Boards of Education (K - 12)
Elementary Classroom Teachers 45,567
Secondary Classroom Teachers 19,360
Total Classroom Teachers 64,928
Elementary School Principals 1,113
Secondary School Principals 505
Principals Serving Both Elementary and Secondary Grades 146
Total School Principals  1,765
Elementary School Assistant Principals 807
Secondary School Assistant Principals 924
Assistant Principals Serving Both Elementary and Secondary Grades 161
Total Assistant Principals 1,891
Supervisors of Instruction – Elementary Grades Only 105
Supervisors of Instruction – Secondary Grades Only 87
Supervisors of Instruction Serving Both Elementary & Secondary Grades 114
Total Supervisors of Instruction  305
Elementary Librarians 1,010
Secondary Librarians 429
Librarians Serving Both Elementary and Secondary Grades 109
Total Librarians 1,548
Elementary Guidance Personnel 1,136
Secondary Guidance Personnel 1,013
Guidance Personnel Serving Both Elementary and Secondary Grades 150
Total Guidance Personnel 2,299
Other Professional Instructional Personnel 3,815
Psychological Personnel 493
Attendance Personnel 76
Total Number of Instructional Personnel 77,119
Superintendents 136
Assistant Superintendents 46
Other Licensed Educators 498
Total Number of Certificated Personnel 77,800
Non-Certificated Administrative Personnel 1,329
Members of Boards of Education 829      
Table 4 Other Employees of Boards of Education
Health Personnel
a. Nurses 1,196
b. Other Professional & Technical Health Personnel 437
Secretarial and Clerical Personnel
a. School Support Level 4,810
b. System Support Level 1,915
Plant Operation Personnel
a. Custodians 3,538
b. Other 150
Plant Maintenance Personnel 2,122
Transportation Personnel 6,156
Food Service Personnel 9,218
Educational Assistants
a. Regular 6,062
b. Library 460
c. Special Education 8,725
d. Vocational Education 67
e. Other 1,520
Data Processing 809
School Safety Personnel 929
Other Employees 1,189
Total 49,302
Total Number of Employees of Board of Education 129,260      
Table 5 Average Salary
Licensed Educators $51,386
Instructional Personnel $51,110
Classroom Teachers $48,817
Principals $84,511
Superintendents $117,768      
Table 6 Number of High School Graduates
Regular Diplomas 64,079
Special Education Diplomas 1,001
Certificates of Attendance 16
Grand Total All Diplomas/Certificates 65,096      
Table 7 Average Daily Membership*
Kindergarten 72,921
First Grade 73,793
Second Grade 76,165
Third Grade 77,068
Fourth Grade 75,481
Fifth Grade 73,612
Sixth Grade 72,174
Seventh Grade 71,923
Eighth Grade 71,946
Ninth Grade 75,731
Tenth Grade 72,959
Eleventh Grade 67,752
Twelfth Grade 63,189
Special Education Self-Contained 16,243
Total ADM 960,959        

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

Table 8 Average Daily Attendance*
Kindergarten 69,112
First Grade 70,260
Second Grade 72,752
Third Grade 73,769
Fourth Grade 72,277
Fifth Grade 70,549
Sixth Grade 69,121
Seventh Grade 68,540
Eighth Grade 68,376
Ninth Grade 71,835
Tenth Grade 68,922
Eleventh Grade 63,656
Twelfth Grade 58,499
Special Education Self-Contained 15,104
Total ADA 912,773                

*Includes Adult High School Students

Table 9 First Month Membership (Kindergarten through Twelve)
Kindergarten 74,211
First Grade 75,083
Second Grade 77,463
Third Grade 78,513
Fourth Grade 76,858
Fifth Grade 75,001
Sixth Grade 73,918
Seventh Grade 73,764
Eighth Grade 73,862
Ninth Grade 77,794
Tenth Grade 75,135
Eleventh Grade 69,764
Twelfth Grade 68,389
Total First Month Membership 969,755                
Table 10 Record of Pupil Progress
Grade Promotions Retentions Suspension In-School Suspension Out-of-School w/o Services Expulsions w/o Services Change of Placement (Long Term)
Kindergarten 67,935 2,555 456 1,065 6 8
First Grade 69,084 1,817 575 1,248 7 9
Second Grade 72,262 1,015 702 1,595 10 10
Third Grade 73,297 827 1,098 2,040 6 17
Fourth Grade 71,808 548 1,317 2,515 20 42
Fifth Grade 66,086 416 2,541 3,248 13 49
Sixth Grade 68,906 772 6,990 5,130 34 184
Seventh Grade 68,863 836 7,846 6,038 97 347
Eighth Grade 62,486 699 7,398 5,864 91 453
Ninth Grade 69,287 3,845 10,227 6,914 286 604
Tenth Grade 67,857 2,626 9,208 5,867 208 608
Eleventh Grade 62,701 1,605 7,729 4,685 138 478
Twelfth Grade 65,024 1,147 7,078 4,039 69 472
Total 885,596 18,708 63,165 50,248 985 3,281                
Table 11 Number of Children Ages 3 through 21 with Disability Receiving Special Education Services
Learning Disabled 44,422
Intellectual Disabled 7,878
Speech /Language Impaired 33,048
Emotionally Disturbed 3,088
Autism 9,393
Health Impaired 15,964
Physically Impaired 644
Hearing Impaired or Deaf 1,166
Visually Impaired or Blind 554
Deaf/Blind 10
Multi-Disabilities 2,050
Developmentally Delayed 9,987
Traumatic Brain Injury 341
Total 128,545                
Table 12 (PART A) Pupil Transportation
Daily a.m. One-way Miles 287,540
Total Number of Buses 9,112
Average Number of Pupils Transported 1.5 Miles or Greater 478,441
Type of Bus Ownership
District Owned 6,362
Private Owned/Contracted 2,750                
Table 12 (PART B) Driver and Accidents
Number of Bus Drivers
Regular 7,082
Substitute 1,439
Total 8,521
Type of Accident:
Property Damage 624
Personal Injury 35
Treated and Released 86
Confined Overnight 2
Table 12 (PART C)
Number of Buses with Wheelchair Lifts 1,402
Number of Buses with Restraints 1,885
Buses Equipped with :  
Two-Way Communication 7,211
Audio/Visual Surveillance 7,486
GPS 4,337
Air Conditioned 2,063                

Note: Due to changes in reporting, composite ages of buses are no longer included in the Annual Statistical Report. This data was previously labeled as Table 12C.

Total Receipts From State $4,314,498,610
Total Receipts From Federal Government 1,081,086,386
Total Receipts From County and City or Special District 3,451,050,572
Total Other Revenue Receipts 288,832,156
Total Revenue Receipts 9,135,467,724
Total Non-Revenue Receipts 644,352,522
Grand Total Receipts From All Sources $9,779,820,245                
Instruction $5,057,188,832
Support Services – Student 374,963,407
Support Services – Instructional Staff 523,482,103
Support Services – Administration $809,372,326
Support Services-Operations & Maintenance of Plant 721,502,794
Other Current Expenditures 1,006,844,573
Total Current Expenditures $8,493,464,451
Community Services 74,832,590
Early Childhood Education 134,153,766
Capital Outlay 92,879,897
Debt Services Operating Transfers 539,456,282
Capital Projects  265,392,456
Grand Total of All Expenditures $9,600,179,441
Total Operating Expenditures* $8,587,065,521
Operating Expenditures Per PUPIL ADA* $9,499                

*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.