School Choice Score: 62%
Despite having ESA’s, the limits on Tennessee’s choice program (only students who autism, deaf-blindness, a hearing impairment (including deafness), an intellectually disability, an orthopedic impairment, a traumatic brain injury, developmental delay, visual impairment (including blindness) and/or multiple disabilities) means that the vast majority of students in Tennessee cannot benefit from ESAs
- Source: EdChoice
Charter Schools Score: 75%
Recent changes to Tennessee’s charter school law have drastically increased the number of charter schools that exist outside of Memphis as charters have quickly taken hold in Nashville and the rest of the state. Tennessee still does have a problem with regulations impeding the growth of charter schools but that is improving as well.
Online Learning Score: 0%
Limits were put into law in 2013 on the numbers of students that can enroll in online learning program, now capped at 5,000 students. Tennessee has significant momentum in providing students access to personalized, rigorous content. Multiple districts are expanding access to learning opportunities that better prepare students for college and/or career. Nine districts operate virtual programs that provide students (both intra and inter-district) digital learning opportunities that expand from grades K-12. Through the Achievement School District and School Improvement Office, there are multiple campuses implementing blended learning opportunities for students.
Teacher Quality Score: 85%
Student results count for 50% of teacher evaluations in tested subjects and 30% in non-tested subjects. Teacher ineffectiveness is grounds for dismissal. Classroom effectiveness is the primary factor in tenure related decisions. Effective teachers are eligible to receive performance pay.
- Source: State Teacher Policy Yearbook