2013 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 2012-13 designations can be found below. For more information on Tennessee’s accountability system, please see this information sheet.

Highlights

  • 5 districts identified as Exemplary
  • 32 districts identified as Intermediate
  • 3 districts identified as In Need of Improvement
  • 96 districts identified as In Need of Subgroup Improvement for at least one subgroup:
    • 4 districts need improvement for Asian students        
    • 23 districts need improvement for Black students
    • 29 districts need improvement for Economically Disadvantaged students
    • 8 districts need improvement for English Language Learners
    • 1 district needs improvement for Hawaiian/Pacific Islander students
    • 29 districts need improvement for Hispanic students
    • 1 district needs improvement for Native American students
    • 67  districts need improvement for Students with Disabilities
    • 24 districts need improvement for White students

Districts Designated as Exemplary

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 allstudents.

The following districts are designated as Exemplary for 2012-13:

  • Bells City Schools
  • Bradford Special School District
  • Elizabethton City Schools
  • Perry County Schools
  • Stewart County Schools

Districts Designated as In Need of Improvement

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 2012-13:

District Reasons
Fayetteville City Schools
  • District did not meet a majority of eligible Achievement AMOs; met 4 of 8.
  • District did not meet a majority of Gap Closure AMOs; met 2 of 7. 
Henry County Schools*
  • District did not meet all students participation rate in English III. Participation rate was 94.46.
  • District did not meet participation rate in English II and English III for Students with Disabilities
  • District met 11 of 11 AMOs in Achievement
  • District met 5 of 12 AMOs in Gap Closure
Memphis City Schools
  • District did not meet participation rate for Students with Disabilities in Algebra I and Algebra II. 
  • Met 5 of 11 Achievement AMOs
  • Met 8 of 16 Gap Closure AMOs

*Note on Henry County Schools: While Henry County met every one of their Achievement AMOs and close to half of their Gap Closure AMOs, the district is In Need of Improvement because the percentage of students who tested in one subject, English III, did not meet the required 95 percent. Federal law requires that for the purposes of accountability, all school districts test 95 percent of enrolled students in all required subjects. Henry County’s participation rate for English III was 94.46 for 2012-13.

 

Districts In Need of Subgroup Improvement

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 2012-13:

Districts Subgroup Needing Improvement
Alamo City Schools

Black
Students with Disabilities

Alcoa City Schools

Black

Anderson County Schools

White
Students with Disabilities

Athens City Schools

Hispanic
Students with Disabilities

Bedford County Schools

Hispanic
Black
Students with Disabilities
English Language Learners

Benton County Schools

White
Black
Economically Disadvantaged
Students with Disabilities

Bledsoe County Schools

Students with Disabilities

Blount County Schools

Black
English Language Learners

Bradley County Schools

Hispanic
Black

Bristol City Schools

White
Black
Economically Disadvantaged
Students with Disabilities

Cannon County Schools

Economically Disadvantaged

*District did not meet participation rate in Algebra I and Algebra II.

Carter County Schools

Hispanic
Students with Disabilities

Cheatham County Schools

Economically Disadvantaged
Students with Disabilities

Chester County Schools

Students with Disabilities

Claiborne County Schools

Students with Disabilities

Cocke County Schools

White
Hispanic
Economically Disadvantaged
Students with Disabilities

Coffee County Schools

Students with Disabilities

Crockett County Schools

Hispanic
Students with Disabilities

Cumberland County Schools

Hispanic
Asian
Students with Disabilities

Dayton City Schools

Black

Decatur County Schools

Students with Disabilities

DeKalb County Schools

Economically Disadvantaged

Dickson County Schools

Black
Students with Disabilities

Dyer County Schools

Black
Students with Disabilities

Dyersburg City Schools

Hispanic
Students with Disabilities

Fayette County Schools

Students with Disabilities

Fentress County Schools

White
Students with Disabilities

Franklin City Schools

White
Students with Disabilities

Franklin County Schools

White
Economically Disadvantaged
Students with Disabilities

Giles County Schools

Students with Disabilities

Grainger County Schools

White
Economically Disadvantaged
Students with Disabilities

Greene County Schools

Students with Disabilities

Hamblen County Schools

Hispanic
English Language Learners

Hamilton County Schools

Native American
Students with Disabilities

Hancock County Schools

Economically Disadvantaged
Students with Disabilities

Hardin County Schools

White
Black
Economically Disadvantaged

Hawkins County Schools

Hispanic
Black
Students with Disabilities

Haywood County Schools

Hispanic
Economically Disadvantaged
Students with Disabilities*

*District did not meet participation rate in English II and English III.

Hickman County Schools

White
Black
Economically Disadvantaged
Students with Disabilities

Hollow Rock-Bruceton Special School District

Students with Disabilities

Humboldt City Schools

White

Jackson County Schools

Students with Disabilities

Jackson-Madison County Schools

Economically Disadvantaged
Students with Disabilities

Jefferson County Schools

Students with Disabilities*
English Language Learners

*District did not meet participation rate in English II and English III.

Johnson City Schools

Black
Asian
Students with Disabilities

Johnson County Schools

White
Economically Disadvantaged
Students with Disabilities

Kingsport City Schools

Asian
Students with Disabilities

Knox County Schools

Hispanic

Lake County Schools

White
Students with Disabilities

Lauderdale County Schools

Hispanic

Lebanon Special School District

Students with Disabilities

Lenoir City Schools

White
Hispanic
Economically Disadvantaged
Students with Disabilities

Loudon County Schools

Hispanic
Black
Students with Disabilities

Manchester City Schools

Students with Disabilities

Marion County Schools

Students with Disabilities

Maryville City Schools

Economically Disadvantaged

Maury County Schools

Hispanic
Economically Disadvantaged
Students with Disabilities

McKenzie Special School District

Black

McNairy County  Schools

Students with Disabilities

Milan Special School District

White
Hispanic
Students with Disabilities

Monroe County Schools

White
Hispanic
Economically Disadvantaged
Students with Disabilities

Montgomery County Schools

Students with Disabilities

Moore County Schools

Students with Disabilities

Morgan County Schools

Students with Disabilities

Murfreesboro City Schools

Students with Disabilities

Newport City Schools

Black
Economically Disadvantaged
Students with Disabilities

Oak Ridge Schools

White
Asian
Economically Disadvantaged
English Language Learners

Obion County Schools

White
Economically Disadvantaged

Paris Special School District

Black

Pickett County Schools

Students with Disabilities

Polk County Schools

Economically Disadvantaged

Putnam County Schools

White
Hispanic*
Students with Disabilities*

*District did not meet participation rate in Algebra I and Algebra II.

Rhea County Schools

White
Hispanic
Economically Disadvantaged
Students with Disabilities

Robertson County Schools

English Language Learners

Rogersville City Schools

White

Rutherford County Schools

Students with Disabilities

Scott County Schools

Students with Disabilities

Sequatchie County Schools

White
Hispanic
Economically Disadvantaged
Students with Disabilities

Sevier County Schools

Students with Disabilities

Shelby County Schools

Hawaiian Pacific Islander

Smith County Schools

Economically Disadvantaged
Students with Disabilities.

Sullivan County Schools

Hispanic
Black
Students with Disabilities

Sumner County Schools

Black
English Language Learners

Sweetwater City Schools

Students with Disabilities

Tipton County Schools

Hispanic

Trenton Special School District

Black

Tullahoma City Schools

White
Hispanic
Black
Economically Disadvanted

Unicoi County Schools

White
Economically Disadvantaged
Students with Disabilities

Union City Schools

Hispanic
Students with Disabilities

Union County Schools

HIspanic

Warren County Schools

Hispanic
Economically Disadvantaged
English Language Learners

Washington County Schools

Students with Disabilities

West Carroll Special School District

Economically Disadvantaged

White County Schools

Black

Williamson County Schools

Hispanic

Wilson County Schools

Hispanic
Economically Disadvantaged
Students with Disabilities

 

 

Last Update: July 21, 2014