2015 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 2014-15 designations can be found below. For more information on Tennessee’s accountability system, please see this information sheet.

Districts Designated as Exemplary

Exemplary Districts:

  • Meet the majority of their Achievement targets;
  • Meet the majority of their Gap Closure targets;
  • Ensure every subgroup—e.g.: Students with Disabilities, racial minorities, and students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds—moves forward in half or more 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 2014-15:

  • Huntingdon Special School District
  • McKenzie Special School District
  • Manchester City
  • Hawkins County
  • Knox County
  • Monroe County
  • Rhea County
  • Sequatchie County
  • Arlington City
  • Bartlett City
  • Germantown City
  • Lakeland City
Districts Designated as Intermediate

Intermediate Districts:

  • Meet the majority of their achievement OR gap targets (but not both).
  • Ensure every subgroup—e.g.: Students with Disabilities, racial minorities, and students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds—moves forward in half or more of its target areas.

The following districts are designated as Intermediate for 2014-15:

  • Clinton City
  • Bedford County
  • Bledsoe County
  • Alcoa City
  • Maryville City
  • Bradley County
  • Cleveland City
  • South Carroll Special School District
  • Carter County
  • Elizabethton City
  • Cheatham County
  • Chester County
  • Coffee County
  • Crockett County
  • Bells City
  • Davidson County
  • DeKalb County
  • Dyer County
  • Dyersburg City
  • Fentress County
  • Milan Special School District
  • Trenton Special School District
  • Giles County
  • Grainger County
  • Hamblen County
  • Hardin County
  • Rogersville City
  • Haywood County
  • Lexington City
  • Hickman County
  • Houston County
  • Jackson County
  • Jefferson County
  • Lauderdale County
  • Lawrence County
  • Lewis County
  • Lincoln County
  • Fayetteville City
  • McMinn County
  • Etowah City
  • McNairy County
  • Jackson-Madison County
  • Richard City
  • Marshall County
  • Meigs County
  • Sweetwater City
  • Montgomery County
  • Moore County
  • Morgan County
  • Perry County
  • Polk County
  • Robertson County
  • Scott County
  • Oneida Special School District
  • Sevier County
  • Collierville City
  • Stewart County
  • Sumner County
  • Tipton County
  • Trousdale County
  • Union County
  • Van Buren County
  • Warren County
  • Williamson County
  • Franklin Special School District
  • Alvin C. York Institute
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 2014-15:

District Reason(s)
Alamo City
  • District made 2 of 4 achievement AMOs
  • District made 1 of 6 gap closure AMOs 
Marion County
  • District made 4 of 10 achievement AMOs
  • District made 1 of 9 gap closure AMOs 
Obion County
  • District made 5 of 11 achievement AMOs
  • District made 5 of 12 gap closure AMOs 
Putnam County
  • District made 4 of 9 achievement AMOs
  • District made 3 of 11 gap closure AMOs 
Dayton City
  • District made 2 of 6 achievement AMOs
  • District made 3 of 6 gap closure AMOs 
Murfreesboro City
  • District made 1 of 4 achievement AMOs
  • District made 4 of 8 gap closure AMOs 
Sullivan County
  • District made 5 of 11 achievement AMOs
  • District made 2 of 12 gap closure AMOs 
Weakley County
  • District made 4 of 11 achievement AMOs
  • District made 5 of 12 gap closure AMOs 
Department of Children's Services Ed. Division
  • District made 2 of 4 achievement AMOs
  • District made 2 of 2 gap closure AMOs 
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 2014-15:

District Subgroup(s) Needing Improvement
Anderson County
  • Students with Disabilities
Oak Ridge City
  • Hispanic
  • Economically Disadvantaged
  • Students with Disabilities
  • English Language Learners
Benton County
  • Black
Blount County
  • Hispanic
  • Students with Disabilities
Campbell County
  • Students with Disabilities
Cannon County
  • Students with Disabilities
Hollow Rock-Bruceton
  • Students with Disabilities
West Carroll Special School District
  • Black
Claiborne County
  • Students with Disabilities
Clay County
  • Students with Disabilities
Cocke County
  • Hispanic
Newport City
  • White
  • Economically Disadvantaged
  • Students with Disabilities
Tullahoma City
  • White
  • Students with Disabilities
Cumberland County
  • Asian
Decatur County
  • Hispanic
Dickson County
  • Hispanic
  • Black
  • Asian
  • Economically Disadvantaged
Fayette County
  • Students with Disabilities
Franklin County
  • Students with Disabilities
Humboldt City
  • Black
  • Economically Disadvantaged
  • Students with Disabilities
Bradford Special School District
  • White
  • Students with Disabilities
Gibson County Special School District
  • Hispanic
Greene County
  • White
  • Black
  • Students with Disabilities
Greeneville City
  • Students with Disabilities
Grundy County
  • White
  • Economically Disadvantaged
Hamilton County
  • Native American
  • English Language Learners
Hancock County
  • Economically Disadvantaged
  • Students with Disabilities
Hardeman County
  • Black
  • Economically Disadvantaged
  • Students with Disabilities
Henderson County
  • Black
  • Students with Disabilities
Henry County
  • White
  • Economically Disadvantaged
Paris Special School District
  • Students with Disabilities
Humphreys County
  • White
  • Economically Disadvantaged
Johnson County
  • White
Lake County
  • White
  • Students with Disabilities
Loudon County
  • Hispanic
  • English Language Learners
Lenoir City
  • White
  • Students with Disabilities
Athens City
  • Black
Macon County
  • Hispanic
Maury County
  • Hispanic
  • Economically Disadvantaged
  • Students with Disabilities
Union City
  • Black
Overton County
  • White
  • Students with Disabilities
Pickett County
  • White
Roane County
  • Hispanic
Rutherford County
  • Native American
Shelby County (New)
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
Millington City
  • Students with Disabilities
Smith County
  • Students with Disabilities
Bristol City
  • Students with Disabilities
Kingsport City
  • Hispanic
  • Black
Unicoi County
  • Hispanic
Washington County
  • Black
  • Economically Disadvantaged
  • Students with Disabilities
Johnson City
  • English Language Learners
Wayne County
  • Students with Disabilities
White County
  • Hispanic
Wilson County
  • Hispanic
Lebanon Special School District
  • White
  • Asian
Tenn School For Blind
  • Economically Disadvantaged
  • Students with Disabilities
Achievement School District
  • Black
  • Economically Disadvantaged