Under No Child Left Behind (NCLB), schools and school districts are measured on whether the students meet performance benchmarks in math, reading and attendance for grades 3-8 and math, English and graduation rate for high schools. Schools that do not meet the achievement standards for two years are deemed high priority.
AYP status is also calculated each year for the following student subgroups: White, Hispanic, African American, Native American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Economically Disadvantaged, Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners.
NCLB identifies schools that have missed a federal benchmark in the same category for two consecutive years. Tennessee elects to alert schools and districts that are at-risk of becoming a high priority school under NCLB. These schools receive additional support and assistance from the state in order to avoid the NCLB high priority list. Schools that have missed one or more benchmarks for one year are considered target schools.
The most recent version of the Tennessee Accountability Workbook was submitted to the United States Department of Education (USEd) on November 19, 2010. All portions of the workbook have been approved by the USEd but the updated workbook is not posted on the USEd website. Therefore, a copy of the TN accountability workbook is attached for your use.
Debra E. Owens, Ph.D.
Chief LEA Support and Improvement Officer
Tennessee Department of Education
Phone: (615) 532-6297
Priority Schools List (as of Feb-2012)