Tennessee: Comparing schools and districts based on student proficiency
The information below reflects the most recent data available to us; please contact us with questions or to request additional analyses.
Analysis: Comparing schools and districts on third grade proficiency in reading and math
The charts linked below allow you to compare schools and districts in Tennessee with their peers. The Y (vertical) axis shows the percentage of proficient 3rd graders in a subject; the X (horizontal) axis shows the percentage of students who qualify for the free or reduced rate lunch program, a common indicator of poverty in schools.
- 3rd grade proficiency versus poverty in reading (2015)
- 3rd grade proficiency versus poverty in reading (2014)
- 3rd grade proficiency versus poverty in reading (2013)
- 3rd grade proficiency versus poverty in reading and math (2012)
- 3rd grade proficiency versus poverty in reading and math (2011)
- 3rd grade reading proficiency charts (PDF) (2011)
- School performance charts (2011)
- Map of Tennessee school performance (2011)
- Achievement versus growth (2011)
- District-level spending versus growth (2011)
Note: The 2015 chart currently has 2013-2014 free/reduced lunch data because it is the most recent data available. It will be updated to 2014-2015 when the data becomes available.
Comparing Tennessee’s Proficiency Standards to the National “Gold Standard” (NAEP)
Each state defines for itself what “proficient” means; some states have a rigorous definition, while others are less strict in their standards. To see how states compare, ECF has published charts showing the percentage of students deemed proficient in various subjects and grade levels and compared them to percentages reported for each state by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP, or “The Nation’s Report Card”), considered to be the gold standard.