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2012 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 2011-12 designations can be found below. For more information on Tennessee’s accountability system, please see this information sheetdownload pdf file.

Districts designated as Exemplary:

  • 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 2011-12:

  • Blount County Schools
  • Claiborne County Schools
  • Fayette County Schools   
  • Fayetteville Schools
  • Henry County Schools
  • Hollow Rock-Bruceton School District
  • Franklin Special School District
  • Loudon County Schools
  • Marshall County Schools
  • McKenzie Special School District
  • Milan Special School District
  • Newport City Schools
  • Rogersville City Schools
  • Rutherford County Schools
  • Sequatchie County Schools
  • Sevier County Schools
  • Smith County Schools
  • South Carroll County Special School District
  • Sweetwater City Schools
  • Trousdale County Schools
  • Union City Schools

Districts designated as 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 2011-12:

District

Reasons

Alamo City*

  • 2 of 4 Achievement AMOs met
  • 3 of 6 Gap Closure AMOs met
  • No subgroup declined in a majority of measures

Richard City

  • 0 of 2 Achievement AMOs met
  • 0 of 2 Gap Closure AMOs met
  • Economically Disadvantaged and White students declined in a majority of measures

Union County

  • 4 of 9 Achievement Targets Met
  • 5 of 8 Gap Closure AMOs Met
  • Economically Disadvantaged and White students declined in a majority of measures

*Note: Because of the size of Alamo City Schools and the line drawn between categories at hitting more than half of goals, Alamo was actually very close to being Exemplary rather than identified as needing improvement. In fact, in overall achievement, the district’s 3-8 math scores (68.1 percent proficient or advanced) were the fourth highest in the state for the 2011-12 school year, and its 3-8 reading scores (66.6 percent proficient or advanced) were the sixth highest in the state.

Districts In Need of Subgroup Improvement:

  • 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 2011-12:

Districts

Subgroup Needing Improvement

Anderson County

Students with Disabilities

Bedford County

Hispanic
Limited English Proficient

Bradley County

Students with Disabilities

Campbell County

Economically Disadvantaged
Students with Disabilities

Carter County

Students with Disabilities

Cheatham County

Black
Students with Disabilities

Cleveland

Economically Disadvantaged
Asian

Cocke County

Students with Disabilities

Coffee County

Students with Disabilities

Crockett County

Hispanic*
*Failed on percent tested in 3-8 math
*Failed on percent tested in 3-8 Reading

Cumberland County

Hispanic
Students with Disabilities

Decatur County

Economically Disadvantaged
White

Dekalb County

Students with Disabilities

Dyersburg

Hispanic*
*Failed on percent tested in 3-8 Reading
Students with Disabilities

Etowah

Economically Disadvantaged
White

Fentress County

Students with Disabilities

Gibson County SSD

Black
Students with Disabilities

Greene County

Students with Disabilities

Greeneville

Hispanic

Grundy County

Students with Disabilities

Hamblen County

Black

Hancock County

Students with Disabilities

Hardeman County

Students with Disabilities*
*Failed on percent tested in Algebra I

Hardin County

Students with Disabilities

Hawkins County

Black

Houston County

Students with Disabilities

Humboldt

Students with Disabilities

Huntington

Black

Kingsport

Black

Lawrence County

Black

Lebanon

Asian
Black
Limited English Proficient

Lenoir City

Students with Disabilities

Lexington

Students with Disabilities

Macon County

Students with Disabilities

Madison County

Students with Disabilities

Manchester

Black

Maryville

Hispanic
Students with Disabilities

Meigs County

Students with Disabilities

Memphis

Native American
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
Economically Disadvantaged*
      *Failed on percent tested in Algebra I
     * Failed on percent tested in English II

Monroe County

Black

Murfreesboro

Students with Disabilities

Oak Ridge

Limited English Proficient

Oneida

Students with Disabilities

Paris

Students with Disabilities

Pickett County

Students with Disabilities

Polk County

Students with Disabilities

Scott County

Students with Disabilities

Stewart County

Students with Disabilities

Trenton

Students with Disabilities

Van Buren County

Economically Disadvantaged
White

Washington County

Hispanic
Students with Disabilities

Wayne County

Students with Disabilities

Weakley County

Black
Hispanic

Wilson County

Students with Disabilities