Under Tennessee’s accountability system, districts must increase achievement levels for all students and show faster growth in achievement for the students who are furthest behind in order to reduce achievement gaps. 2016-17 is the final year of the current accountability system before the state transitions to an updated accountability model as part of the transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act. To read more about district accountability in ESSA and what will change for 2017-18, please see this fact sheet.
Rather than expecting all districts to meet the same benchmarks year after year, the accountability model 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 2016-17 designations can be found below. For more information on Tennessee's accountability system, please see the 2017 District Accountability Protocol.
Districts designated as exemplary are exceeding the growth expectation on average for both all students and each historically underserved student group.