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Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:
  • Test Scores: Edfacts (U.S. Department of Education), State departments of education.
  • Expenditures: National Center for Education Statistics.
  • Educational Environment: American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau).
Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Test data: Reflects 2015 – 2016 school year.
  • Expenditures: 2015
  • Educational Environment: 2015 (latest available). Updated annually.

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Overview

Public Schools Overview Tennessee School Districts by City
Number Of Students 995,475
Number Of Tennessee Schools 1,859
Number Of Tennessee School Districts 146
Spending Per Student $9,476

State Test Scores (No Child Left Behind Tests)

Reading/English Language Arts Tests

Reading/English Language Arts Tests Reading Proficiency
3rd Grade 61.7382425207553
4th Grade 50.7505432903392
5th Grade 65.8484296233006
6th Grade 50.4588759293199
7th Grade 51.2225531772188
8th Grade 53.7126529819994
10th Grade 65.9800571299311

Math Test

Math Tests Math Proficiency
3rd Grade 61.7382425207553
4th Grade 50.7505432903392
5th Grade 65.8484296233006
6th Grade 50.4588759293199
7th Grade 51.2225531772188
8th Grade 53.7126529819994
10th Grade 65.9800571299311

School enrollment by group

Ethnic/racial Groups This State Nation
White (non-hispanic) 66.3% 52.0%
Black 23.0% 16.2%
Hispanic 8.7% 25.6%
Asian Or Pacific Islander 1.9% 5.1%
American Indian Or Native Of Alaska 0.2% 1.0%
Special Needs Groups This State Nation
Economically Disadvantaged 56.4% 50.9%
English Language Learners 3.7% 9.1%
Students With Disabilities 13.1% 13.0%

Class Size (number of students per classroom teacher)

Class Size
AVG FOR STATE 15.24
AVG FOR NATION 16.15

Tennessee Education Environment

Population State Nation
Population 6,600,299 321,418,820
Population Density (per sq. mile) 158 90
Population distribution by age STATE NATION
4 Years Old And Below 6.2% 6.3%
5-19 Years Old 19.4% 19.8%
20-44 Years Old 33.1% 33.5%
45-64 Years Old 26.7% 26.3%
65 Or Older 14.6% 14.1%
HOUSEHOLD CHARACTERISTICS STATE NATION
Number Of Households 2,504,556 115,879,889
Single Parent Households With Children 11.3% 11.2%
Adults With At Least A High School Diploma 85.5% 86.6%
Adults With At Least A Bachelor's Degree 24.9% 29.7%
HOUSEHOLD INCOME DISTRIBUTION STATE NATION
$150,000 or more 6.5% 10.5%
$100,000 - $149,000 10.2% 13.2%
$75,000 - $99,999 11.0% 12.1%
$50,000 - $74,999 18.2% 17.8%
$30,000 - $49,999 20.7% 18.5%
$15,000 - $29,999 18.6% 15.5%
$15,000 or less 14.9% 12.4%

Education Expenditures

For The State Per Student Total % Of Total
Instructional Expenditures $5,321 $5,296,566,529 56.1%
Support Expenditures
Student $381 $379,375,281 4.0%
Staff $543 $540,275,598 5.7%
General Administration $189 $188,450,692 2.0%
School Administration $510 $507,511,624 5.4%
Operation $711 $707,435,001 7.5%
Transportation $327 $325,101,424 3.4%
Other $158 $157,397,921 1.7%
Total Support $2,818 $2,805,623,199 29.7%
Non-instructional Expenditures $1,337 $1,330,783,173 14.1%
Total Expenditures $9,476 $9,433,024,765 100.0%
For The Nation Per Student Total % Of Total
Instructional Expenditures $6,487 $324,898,990,964 51.7%
Support Expenditures
Student $587 $29,383,130,681 4.7%
Staff $483 $24,167,878,083 3.8%
General Administration $205 $10,285,419,511 1.6%
School Administration $601 $30,113,641,000 4.8%
Operation $1,035 $51,821,442,969 8.2%
Transportation $475 $23,793,258,876 3.8%
Other $376 $18,849,723,887 3.0%
Total Support $3,762 $188,414,761,533 30.0%
Non-instructional Expenditures $2,296 $114,973,102,384 18.3%
Total Expenditures $12,545 $628,286,465,973 100.0%