Statewide Student Management System (SSMS)

The Statewide Student Management System is a comprehensive, state provided, web- based, electronic student information system for school districts to facilitate local, state and federal reporting requirements as well as to handle daily local functions (i.e. attendance, scheduling, discipline, etc.).

There are two components of the system:

  • Star_Student: The general education component that serves as the primary database (Century Consultants, Ltd.).
  • EasyIEP: An IEP writer and Census reporting tool for Special Education (Public Consulting Group).

At its inception, the SSMS was provided to districts at no cost and participation was voluntary. The Department of Education paid all costs associated with data conversion, training, maintenance and support. Any customization and additional features (i.e. Parent Portal) were at district expense.

The four-phased implementation of the SSMS began in the 2004-05 school year with 33 school districts and one State Special School. The fourth and final group of districts began live implementation of the SSMS in the 2007-08 school year. At that point, the number of participating school districts had increased to 105 with all four State Special Schools and the Department of Children’s Services also utilizing the SSMS.

Ten locally formed Regional User Groups (RUG) have been established across the state to facilitate self-help and collaboration among the SSMS districts on solving common problems and issues in Star_Student as well as in the Education Information System (EIS).

In the 2008-09 school year, the state transitioned to a regional hosting environment for the SSMS consisting of two servers for each of the three grand divisions of the state (west, middle and east). The vast majority of Tennessee school districts continue to utilize the SSMS with all districts now using the EasyIEP component.

Regional User Groups

Region LEA Contact Email Phone
Southwest TN Lexington City Schools Elaine Townsend townsende@caywood.org (731) 967-7104
Northwest TN Henry County Schools Stacy Byrd byrds@henryk12.net (731) 642-1236
Mid Cumberland Dickson County Schools Cindy Gilliland cgilliland@dcbe.org (615) 446-7571 Ext 14300
South Central TN (West) Perry County Schools Ashley Carroll carrolla@k12tn.net (931) 589.2102
South Central TN (East) Coffee County Schools Sharon Spears spearss@k12coffee.net (931) 723-5150
Upper-Cumberland (West) Sumner County Schools Cheryl Collins cheryl.collins@sumnerschools.org (615) 451-5268
Upper Cumberland (East) Fentress County Schools Wayne Crouch wcrouch@fentress.k12tn.net (931) 879-9290 or 7214
Southeast TN Bradley County Schools Patty Phillips pphillips@bradleyschools.org (423) 476-0620 Ext 21
East TN Grainger County Schools James Atkins atkinsj2@k12tn.net (865) 828-3611
First Tennessee Elizabethton City Schools Teresa Simcox simcoxt1@k12tn.net (423) 547-8000 Ext 8202

SSMS Districts As of June 2011

  • Alamo
  • Athens
  • Benton
  • Bledsoe
  • Bradford
  • Bradley
  • Campbell
  • Cannon
  • Carroll
  • Carter
  • Chester
  • Claiborne
  • Clay
  • Clinton
  • Cocke
  • Coffee
  • Crockett
  • Dayton
  • Decatur
  • Dekalb
  • Dickson
  • Dyer
  • Dyersburg
  • Elizabethton
  • Etowah
  • Fayette
  • Fayetteville
  • Fentress
  • Franklin Co
  • Franklin SSD
  • Gibson Co. SSD
  • Giles
  • Grainger
  • Greene
  • Grundy
  • Hancock
  • Hardeman
  • Hardin
  • Hawkins
  • Haywood
  • Henderson
  • Henry
  • Hickman
  • H Rock-Bruceton
  • Houston
  • Humboldt
  • Humphreys
  • Huntingdon
  • Jackson Jefferson
  • Johnson Co.
  • Lake Lauderdale
  • Lawrence
  • Lewis
  • Lexington
  • Lincoln
  • Macon
  • Madison
  • Manchester
  • Marion
  • Marshall
  • McKenzie
  • McMinn
  • McNairy
  • Meigs
  • Milan
  • Monroe
  • Moore Morgan
  • Murfreesboro
  • Newport
  • Overton
  • Perry
  • Pickett
  • Polk
  • Richard City
  • Roane
  • Robertson
  • Rogersville
  • Rutherford
  • Scott
  • Sequatchie
  • Sevier Smith
  • South Carroll
  • Stewart
  • Sullivan
  • Sumner
  • Sweetwater
  • Trenton
  • Trousdale
  • Tullahoma
  • Van Buren
  • Wayne
  • Weakley
  • W Carroll SSD
  • White
  • Alvin C York Institute
  • TN School for Blind
  • TN School for Deaf
  • W TN School for Deaf

Non-SSMS Districts As of June 2011

* Independent Star Student District

  • Alcoa
  • Anderson
  • Bedford
  • Bells
  • Blount *
  • Bristol
  • Cheatham
  • Cleveland
  • Cumberland
  • Davidson
  • Greeneville
  • Hamblen
  • Hamilton
  • Johnson City
  • Kingsport
  • Knox *
  • Lebanon SSD
  • Lenoir City
  • Loudon
  • Montgomery
  • Maryville
  • Maury *
  • Memphis
  • Oak Ridge
  • Obion *
  • Oneida SSD
  • Paris SSD
  • Putnam
  • Rhea
  • Shelby
  • Tipton
  • Unicoi
  • Union City
  • Union Co
  • Warren
  • Washington
  • Williamson
  • Wilson

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Last Update: June 6, 2014