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Education, 1996-97State Profiles of Public Elementary and Secondary Education, 1996-97
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Tennessee
Tennessee
Tennessee Department of Education, 710 James Robertson Parkway,
Nashville, TN 37243-0375
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Superintendent of Education
Commissioner Jane Walters, (615) 741-2731
National Cooperative Education Statistics Liaison
Lynnisse Patrick, (615) 532-1680
Common Core of Data Survey Coordinator
Lynnisse Patrick, (615) 532-1680

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS
1987 1996 Demographics
823,783 904,818 Students in public elementary and secondary schools
1,578 1,565 Public schools
42,082 54,790 Teachers in public elementary and secondary schools
42,244 42,244 Land area in square miles
19.5 21.4 Public school students per square mile
3.7 3.7 Public schools per 100 square miles


Figure 1
School-age population in public elementary and secondary schools
School-age population in public elementary and secondary schools


1987 1996 Fiscal summary
4,783 5,307 State population (in thousands)
$1,617 $2,924 State revenue per capita
$1,469 $2,661 State expenditure per capita
$230 $453 State expenditure for elem. and secondary education per capita
$96,891 $147,620 Gross state product per school-age child

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AGENCY/SCHOOL INFORMATION
1987 1996 Distribution of agencies by type
100% 141 100% 140 Total public education agencies
100.0% 141 100.0% 140 Regular school districts
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 Regional service agencies
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 State-operated agencies
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 Federally operated and other types


1987 1996 Distribution of agencies by number of schools
1.4% 2 1.4% 2 100 or more schools
4.3% 6 6.4% 9 25 to 99 schools
26.2% 37 23.6% 33 10 to 24 schools
39.7% 56 37.9% 53 5 to 9 schools
27.7% 39 30.0% 42 1 to 4 schools
0.7% 1 0.7% 1 No schools reported


Figure 2
Regular school districts by student membership size
Regular school districts by student membership size


1987 1996 Distribution of schools by type
100% 1,578 100% 1,565 Total public elementary and secondary schools reported
95.3% 1,504 96.2% 1,506 Regular schools
1.7% 27 1.2% 19 Special education schools
2.9% 46 1.8% 28 Vocational schools
0.1% 1 0.8% 12 Other and alternative schools


Figure 3
Distribution of public schools and students by type of locale: 1996-97
Distribution of public schools and students by type of locale: 1996-97


Figure 4
Public schools by size of student membership
Public schools by size of student membership


1987 1996 Number of public schools by grade span category
42.4% 669 41.8% 654 PK, K, 1 to 3, 4, 5, 6
15.7% 247 14.1% 220 PK, K, 1 to 8
9.1% 143 11.7% 183 4, 5, 6, to 6, 7, 8
5.1% 81 3.5% 54 7 to 8, 9
2.9% 45 2.9% 46 7, 8 to 12
13.1% 206 14.1% 221 9, 10, 11 to 12
7.4% 116 8.2% 128 Other grades
1.6% 25 0.4% 6 Ungraded
2.9% 46 3.4% 53 Not reported

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STUDENT INFORMATION
1987 1996 Public school membership by grade
11,653 Prekindergarten
62,046 74,529 Kindergarten
71,358 77,450 First
63,160 71,962 Second
62,962 69,451 Third
61,272 67,330 Fourth
61,386 68,002 Fifth
58,730 68,216 Sixth
62,973 68,098 Seventh
61,192 66,465 Eighth
66,160 75,906 Ninth
62,961 65,631 Tenth
59,011 55,679 Eleventh
53,219 50,332 Twelfth
17,353 14,114 Ungraded


Figure 5
Public school student membership by racial/ethnic category
Public school student membership by racial/ethnic category


1987 1996  
14.0% Students in special education with IEPs
School membership eligible for free lunch
16.7% School-age children below poverty


1987 1995 High school completers and dropouts
81.8% 44,73144,731  80.7% 43,792 Regular diploma
    Other diploma
18.2% 9,971 15.3% 8,296 High school equivalency
  4.0% 2,170 Other completers
    Dropouts
        Dropouts who were male
        Dropouts who were minority


Figure 6
Grade 8 1996 Mathematics and Science average scale scores for the state () and nation () and the 25th () and 75th () percentiles
Grade 8 1996 Mathematics and Science average scale scores for the state (symbol) and nation (symbol) and the 25th (symbol) and 75th (symbol) percentiles


Grade 4 Grade 8 1996 Mathematics and Science achievement levels
219.2 263.1 Average Mathematics scale score [scale 0 to 500]
41.5% 47.0% Students below basic level
58.5% 53.0% Students at or above basic level
16.5% 15.1% Students at or above proficient level
1.3% 1.8% Students at advanced level
143.1 Average Science scale score [scale 0 to 300]
  46.9% Students below basic level
  53.1% Students at or above basic level
  22.0% Students at or above proficient level
  1.6% Students at advanced level

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STAFF INFORMATION
1987 1996 Educational staff
100% 83,256 100% 101,434 Total education staff
        Instructional staff
50.5% 42,082 54.0% 54,790 Teachers
8.9% 7,401 10.4% 10,570 Instructional aides
        Support staff
1.2% 1,031 1.5% 1,525 Guidance counselors/directors
1.6% 1,318 2.1% 2,123 Librarians/library support
4.9% 4,065 6.4% 6,466 Administrative support
27.2% 22,615 19.2% 19,472 Other support services
        Administrators
4.9% 4,112 4.7% 4,759 School-based
0.8% 632 1.7% 1,729 School district officials/administrators


Figure 7
Average number of students per teacher, by grade level
Average number of students per teacher, by grade level


1987 1996  
1.0 1.2 Teacher to all other staff ratio
8.9 8.4 Teacher to administrator ratio


Figure 8
Average salary of full-time teachers by years of experience
Average salary of full-time teachers by years of experience


1987 1996  
$15,350 $21,705 Average beginning teacher salary
$23,785 $34,267 Average teacher salary


Figure 9
Distribution of public school teachers by age
Distribution of public school teachers by age


1987 1993 Preparation of teachers: highest degree earned
0.5% 0.9% Public school teachers with no degree
53.0% 51.2% Public school teachers with a Bachelor's or lower degree
38.7% 42.0% Public school teachers with a Master's degree
7.8% 6.0% Public school teachers with a degree beyond Master's

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FISCAL INFORMATION
FY88 FY97 Federal aid to education under selected programs
(in thousands of current dollars)
$64,509 $113,107 National school lunch
$15,885 $27,647 National school breakfast
$83,517 $121,505 Title I
$4,030 $73,852 Education for the handicapped
$22,034 $32,234 Vocational and adult education
$15,183 $25,001 School improvement
$3,579 $1,660 School assistance (federally affected areas)
$236 $219 Bilingual education
$3 Indian education


Figure 10
Revenues by source
Revenues by source


Figure 11
Current expenditures by function


FY88 FY97 Revenues and expenditures (in current dollars)
$2,233,442 $4,411,971 Revenues (in thousands of dollars)
$2,711 $4,875 Revenue per pupil in membership
$2,352,183 $4,145,380 Current expenditures (in thousands of dollars)
$2,855 $4,580 Current expenditure per pupil in membership


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