2017 Annual Statistical Report

The Annual Statistical Report for fiscal year 2016-2017 includes an array of information providing the public with statistics about education in Tennessee. We hope that you will find the report useful to become better acquainted with Tennessee's education system.

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The office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction was created in 1835. By Legislative Act in 1843, which went in effect in 1844, the office was abolished. The following Superintendents were elected by the Legislature:

Superintendent Term
Robert H. McEwen 1835-1840
Robert P. Currin 1840-1841
Scott Terry 1841-1844

From 1844 to 1867, the State Treasurer was ex-officio Superintendent of Public Instruction. In 1867, the office was again created. The following Superintendents were elected by the people and served for the respective periods shown below:

Superintendent Term
John Eaton, Jr. 1867-1869
A. J. Tipton 1869-1871

In 1870, the office was again abolished, and the duties devolved upon the State Treasurer, who was made ex-officio Superintendent of Public Instruction. In 1873, the office was recreated, and the following officers, appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate, have served the terms shown below:

Superintendent Term
J. B. Killebrew*  
John M. Flemings 1873-1875
Leon Trousdale 1875-1881
W. S. Doak 1881-1882**
Julia A. Doak 3 mos. ending July, 1882***
G. S. Crawford 1882-1883***
Thomas H. Paine 1883-1887
Frank M. Smith 1887-1891
W. R. Garrett 1891-1893
S. G. Gilbreath 1895-1897
Price Thomas 1897-1899
Morgan C. Fitzpatrick 1899-1903
Seymour A. Mynders 1903-1907
R. L. Jones 1907-1911
J. W. Brister 1911-1913
S. J. Thompson 1913-1915***
S. W. Sherrill 1915-1919
Albert Williams 1919-1921
J. B. Brown 1921-1923

* Assistant State Superintendent, 1870-1873

** Died in Office.

*** Filled unexpired term

Under the reorganization bill of 1923, the State Department of Public Instruction became the State Department of Education. The title of the chief state school officer was changed to Commissioner of Education.

Commissioner Term
P. L. Harned 1923-1933
Walter D. Cocking 1933-1937
W. A. Bass 1937-1938
J. M. Smith 1938
Halbert Harville 1938-1939
B. O. Duggan 1939-1945
Burgin E. Dossett 1945-1949
J. M. Smith 1949-1950
J. A. Barksdale 1950-1953
Quill E. Cope 1953-1958
Joe Morgan 1958-1963
J. H. Warf 1963-1971
E. C. Stimbert 1971-1972
Benjamin E. Carmichael 1972-1975
Sam H. Ingram 1975-1979
Otis L. Floyd 1979
E. A. Cox 1979-1980
Robert L. McElrath 1981-1987
Charles E. Smith 1987-1993
Wayne Qualls 1994-1995
Jane Walters 1995-1999
E. Vernon Coffey 1999-2001
Faye P. Taylor 2001-2003
Lana C. Seivers 2003-2008
Dr. Timothy K Webb 2008-2010
Patrick Smith 2010-2011
Kevin Huffman 2011-2014
Candice McQueen 2014-
  • District 1
    Mr. B. Fielding Rolston, Chairman
    3745 Arrowhead Trail
    Kingsport, TN 37664
  • District 2
    Mr. Mike Edwards
    Knoxville Chamber of Commerce
    17 Market Square, #201
    Knoxville, TN 37902
  • District 3
    Ms. Allison Chancey
    1400 Durkee Road S.E.
    Cleveland, TN 37323
  • District 4
    Mr. Gordon Ferguson
    1158 Roseland Drive
    Columbia, TN 38401
  • District 5
    Ms. Elissa Kim
    427 Prestwick Court
    Nashville, TN 37205
  • District 6
    Ms. Lillian Hartgrove, Vice-Chair
    3631 Burton Cove Road
    Cookeville, TN 38506-6132
  • District 7
    Ms. Wendy Tucker
    2819 Polo Club Road
    Nashville, TN 37221-4345
  • District 8
    Mr. Lang Wiseman
    9155 Hillmann Way Drive
    Memphis, TN 38134
  • District 9
    Mr. Darrell Cobbins
    688 Magnolia Manor Circle
    Memphis, TN 38117
  • Student Member
    Mr. Haden Bawcum
    Riverside High School
    Decatur County, TN
  • Sara Heyburn, Executive Director
    Tennessee State Board of Education
    710 James Robertson Parkway
    1st Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower
    Nashville, TN 37243-1050
School System Director Schools Chairperson
ANDERSON COUNTY Mr. Tim Parrott John  Burrell
Clinton Ms. Kelly Johnson Tim Bible
Oak Ridge Mr. Bruce Borchers Keys Fillauer
BEDFORD COUNTY Mr. Don Embry Amy Martin
BENTON COUNTY  Mr. Mark Florence Joey Cooper
BLEDSOE COUNTY  Ms. Jennifer Terry Stacy Farmer
BLOUNT COUNTY  Mr. Rob Britt Debbie Sudhoff
Alcoa Mr. Brain Bell Julie Rochelle
Maryville Mr. Mike Winstead Bethany Pope
BRADLEY COUNTY  Ms. Linda Cash Rodney Dillard
Cleveland Mr. Russell Dyer Dawn Robinson
CAMPBELL COUNTY Mr. Larry Nidiffer Mike Orick
CANNON COUNTY  Ms. Barbara Parker Bruce Daniel
CARROLL COUNTY  Mr. John McAdams Harold McLain Jr.
+Hollow Rock-Bruceton Mr. David Duncan Brad Hurley
+Huntingdon Ms. Pat Dillahunty Lee Carter
+McKenzie Mr. Lynn Watkins John Austin
+South Carroll Dr. Tony Tucker Philip Moore
+West Carroll Mr. Eric Williams Jimmy Halford
CARTER COUNTY  Dr. Kevin Ward Rusty Barnett
Elizabethton Dr. Corey Gardenhour Rita Booher
CHEATHAM COUNTY  Ms. Stacy Brinkley Kimberly Messer
CHESTER COUNTY  Mr. Tony Kilzer Bob Moore
CLAIBORNE COUNTY  Ms. Connie Holdway Neta Munsey
CLAY COUNTY  Mr. Matthew Eldridge Benji Bailey
COCKE COUNTY  Mr. Manney Moore Rose Lovell
Newport Ms. Sandra Burchette Mickey Powers
COFFEE COUNTY  Dr. LaDonna McFall Brett Henley
Manchester Mr. Lee Wilderson Travis Hillis
Tullahoma Dr. Dan Lawson Pat Welsh
CROCKETT COUNTY  Mr. Robert Mullins, Jr. Jasper Taylor
Alamo Jr. Jake Nichols Lawrence Harden
Bells Mr. Mark Wallace Gary Emison
CUMBERLAND COUNTY  Ms. Janet Graham Josh Stone
DAVIDSON COUNTY  Dr. Shawn Joseph Anna Shepherd
DECATUR COUNTY  Mr. Branson Townsend Art Bawcum
DEKALB COUNTY  Mr. Patrick Cripps W.J. Evins
DICKSON COUNTY  Mr. Danny Weeks Tim Potter
DYER COUNTY  Mr. Larry Lusk Mike McLaughlin
Dyersburg Mr. Dennis Durbin Scott Self
FAYETTE COUNTY  Mr. Marlon King Bob Doll
FENTRESS COUNTY  Mr. Mike Jones Gary Tinch
FRANKLIN COUNTY  Ms. Amie Lonas CleiJo Walker
GIBSON COUNTY  ……………….  
Humboldt Dr. Versie Hamlett Phillip Hardee
+Milan Mr. Jonathan Criswell Will Ownby
+Trenton Ms. Sandra Harper Mark Harper
+Bradford Mr. Dan Black Don Lannom
+Gibson Co. Special Mr. Eddie Pruett Tom Lannom
GILES COUNTY  Mr. Phillip Wright Richie Brewer
GRAINGER COUNTY  Mr. Edwin Jarnagin Harold Frazier
GREENE COUNTY  Mr. David McClain Rick Tipton
Greeneville Mr. Jeffrey Moorhouse Craig Ogle
GRUNDY COUNTY  Ms. Jessie Kinsey Bob Foster
HAMBLEN COUNTY  Dr. Dale Lynch Joe Gibson, Jr.
HAMILTON COUNTY  Mr. Rick Smith Steve Highlander
HANCOCK COUNTY  Mr. Tony Seal Hugh Kyle Livesay
HARDEMAN COUNTY  Mr. Warner Ross II Bobby Henderson
HARDIN COUNTY  Mr. Michael Davis Ron Ashe
HAWKINS COUNTY  Mr. Steve Starnes Bob Larkins
Rogersville Mrs. Rebecca Isaacs Reed Matney
HAYWOOD COUNTY  Mr. Dale Lynch Harold Garrett
HENDERSON COUNTY  Mr. Rick Smith Tommy Gordon
Lexington Mrs. Susie Bunch Robert Helms
HENRY COUNTY  Mr. Brian Norton Doug Braden
+Paris Mr. Mike Brown Richard Edwards
HICKMAN COUNTY  Ms. Michelle Gilbert Jewell Prince
HOUSTON COUNTY  Ms. Kris McAskill Kinney Spears
HUMPHREYS COUNTY  Mr. Richard Rawlings Gene Trotter
JACKSON COUNTY  Mr. Joe D. Barlow Mark Brown
JEFFERSON COUNTY  Dr. Charles Edmonds Jim Vines
JOHNSON COUNTY  Dr. Mischelle Simcox Kevin Long
KNOX COUNTY  Mr. James McIntyre Patti Bounds
LAKE COUNTY  Ms. Sherry Darnell Warren Douglas
LAUDERDALE COUNTY  Mr. Shawn Kimble Roy Harkness
LAWRENCE COUNTY Mr. Johnny McDaniel Larry Davis
LEWIS COUNTY  Mr. Benny Pace Jeff Gandy
LINCOLN COUNTY  Mr. Bill Health Jerry Pendergrass
Fayetteville Dr. Janine Wilson Jeff Whitmore
LOUDON COUNTY  Mr. Jason Vance Scott Newman
Lenoir City Ms. Jeanne Barker Rick Chadwick
MCMINN COUNTY  Mr. Mickey Blevins Quinten Howard
Athens Ms. Melanie Miller Mike Bevins
Etowah Dr. Mike Frazier Marilyn Miller
MCNAIRY COUNTY Mr. Robert Wayne Henry Jarrell Stanfield
MACON COUNTY  Mr. Anthony Boles Wayne Marsh
MADISON CO. Ms. Verna Ruffin Bob Alvey
MARION COUNTY  Mr. Mark Griffith Julie Bennett
+Richard City Ms. Cindy Blevins Bill Stuart
MARSHALL COUNTY  Ms. Jacob Sorrells Donnie Moses
MAURY COUNTY  Mr. Christopher Marczak David Bates
MEIGS COUNTY  Mr. Don Roberts Christopher Clark
MONROE COUNTY  Mr. Tim Blankenship Larry Stein
Sweetwater Mr. Rodney Boruff John Fox
MONTGOMERY COUNTY Mr. Millard House Anne Murtha
MOORE COUNTY  Mr. Chad Moorehead Ronnie Smith
MORGAN COUNTY  Mr. Ronnie Wilson Wade Summers
OBION COUNTY  Mr. Russ Davis Fritz Fussell
Union City Mr. Wes Kennedy  
OVERTON COUNTY  Dr. Mark Winningham Mike Gilpatrick
PERRY COUNTY  Mr. Eric Lomax Martha Sharp
PICKETT COUNTY  Ms. Dianne Elder John Reagan
POLK COUNTY  Mr. James Jones Mark Williams
PUTNAM COUNTY  Mr. Jerry Boyd Kim Cravens
RHEA COUNTY Mr. Jerry Levengood John Mincy
Dayton Mr. Michael Latham Gary Louallen
ROANE COUNTY  Ms. Leah Watkins Sam Cox
ROBERTSON COUNTY Mr. Mike Davis Connie Hogan
RUTHERFORD COUNTY Mr. Don Odom Jeff Jordan
Murfreesboro Dr. Linda Arms Gilbert Butch Campbell
SCOTT COUNTY  Mr. Bill Hall John Vernon Thompson
+Oneida Ms. Jeanny Hattfield Nancy Williamson
SEQUATCHIE COUNTY  Mr. Michael Swafford Shelli Dodson
SEVIER COUNTY  Dr. Jack A. Parton Mike Oakley
SHELBY COUNTY  Mr. Dorsey E. Hopson Christopher Caldwell
Arlington Community Ms. Tammy Mason Dale Viox
Bartlett City Mr. David Stephens Jeff Norris
Collierville Schools Mr. John Aitken Mark Hansen
Germantown Municipal Mr. Jason Manuel Linda Fisher
Lakeland Municipal Mr. Ted Horrell Kevin Floyd
Millington Municipal Mr. David Roper Cody Childress
SMITH COUNTY Mr. Barry Smith Brian Smith
STEWART COUNTY  Mrs. Leta Joiner Billy Sexton
SULLIVAN COUNTY  Ms. Evelyn Rafalowski Michael Hughes
Bristol Mr. Gary L. Lilly Jim Butcher
Kingsport Dr. Jeff Moorhouse Eric Hyche
SUMNER COUNTY Dr. D. R. Phillips Andy Daniels
TIPTON COUNTY  Dr. William Bibb Marty Burlison
TROUSDALE COUNTY  Mr. Clint Satterfield Denice Jackson
UNICOI COUNTY  Mr. John English Tyler Engle
UNION COUNTY  Mr. Jimmy Carter David Coppock
VAN BUREN COUNTY Mrs. Cheryl Cole Ricky Walling
WARREN COUNTY  Mr. Bobby Cox Helen Martin
WASHINGTON COUNTY  Ms. Kimber Halliburton Jack Leonard
Johnson City Dr. Richard Bales Tim Belisle
WAYNE COUNTY  Mr. Marlon Davis Barry Hanback
WEAKLEY COUNTY  Mr. Randy Frazier Steve Vantrease
WHITE COUNTY  Mr. Kurt Dronebarger Edd M. Cantrell, II
WILLIAMSON COUNTY  Dr. Mike Looney Gary Anderson
+Franklin City Dr. David Snowden Tim Stillings
WILSON COUNTY  Dr. Donna Wright Larry Tomlinson
+Lebanon Mr. Scott Benson Steve Jones
ASD (Achievement School District) Ms. Malika Anderson    

+Indicates Special School District

Table 1 Number of Public Schools (K - 12)
Number of Elementary Schools 956
Number of Middle Schools 305
Number of High Schools 302
Number of K-12/Other Schools 179
Number of Vocational Schools 13
Special Education Schools. 12
Number of Adult High Schools 25
Number of Alternative Schools 22
Total Number of Schools 1,814
Table 2 Training of Public Personnel (K - 12)
Education Level Men Women Not Reported   Total
Ph. D. Degree 585 1,255 2 1,842
Ed. S. Degree 1,822 6,159 4 7,985
M.A. plus 45 qtr. hrs. 22 75 0 97
Master's Degree 8,193 32,491 63 40,747
Bachelor's Degree 6,136 22,973 184 29,293
3 Years College 0 1 0 1
2 Years College 46 79 3 128
1 Year College 5 3 0 8
0 Year College 579 277 32 888
  17,388 63,313 288 80,989

Note: Total will not match total licensed personnel from Table 3. Table 2 contains only those assignment codes used for Report Card as "Administrators" and "Teachers"

Table 3 Assignment of Teachers, Administrators and Members of Boards of Education (K - 12)
Elementary Classroom Teachers 45,609
Secondary Classroom Teachers 19,482
Total Classroom Teachers 65,091
Elementary School Principals 1,082
Secondary School Principals 513
Principals Serving Both Elementary and Secondary Grades 159
Total School Principals  1,754
Elementary School Assistant Principals 846
Secondary School Assistant Principals 956
Assistant Principals Serving Both Elementary and Secondary Grades 161
Total Assistant Principals  1,963
Supervisors of Instruction - Elementary Grades Only 113
Supervisors of Instruction - Secondary Grades Only 92
Supervisors of Instruction Serving Both Elementary and Secondary Grades 117
Total Supervisors of Instruction  322
Elementary Librarians 989
Secondary Librarians 414
Librarians Serving Both Elementary and Secondary Grades 118
Total Librarians  1,521
Elementary Guidance Personnel 1,142
Secondary Guidance Personnel 1,023
Guidance Personnel Serving Both Elementary and Secondary Grades 155
Total Guidance Personnel  2,320
Other Professional Instructional Personnel 4,296
Psychological Personnel 540
Attendance Personnel 72
Total Number of Instructional Personnel 77,879
Superintendents 136
Assistant Superintendents 48
Other Licensed Educators 547
Total Number of Certificated Personnel 78,610
Non-Certificated Administrative Personnel 1,329
Members of Boards of Education 829
Table 4 Other Employees of Boards of Education
Health Personnel
a. Nurses 1,228
b. Other Professional & Technical Health Personnel 441
Secretarial and Clerical Personnel
a. School Support Level 4,776
b. System Support Level 1,918
Plant Operation Personnel
a. Custodians 3,650
b. Other 268
Plant Maintenance Personnel 2,012
Transportation Personnel 6,198
Food Service Personnel 8,793
Educational Assistants
a. Regular 6,230
b. Library 460
c. Special Education 8,956
d. Vocational Education 109
e. Other 1,663
Data Processing 798
School Safety Personnel 879
Other Employees 1,679
Total 50,057
Total Number of Employees of Board of Education 130,826   
Table 5 Average Salary
Licensed Educators $52,732
Instructional Personnel $52,455
Classroom Teachers $50,099
Principals $86,384
Superintendents $119,664      
Table 6 Number of High School Graduates
Regular Diplomas 64,987
Special Education Diplomas 1,060
Certificates of Attendance 11
Grand Total All Diplomas/Certificates 66,058   
Table 7 Average Daily Membership*
Kindergarten 73,390
First Grade 73,152
Second Grade 73,400
Third Grade 76,470
Fourth Grade 77,185
Fifth Grade 75,621
Sixth Grade 73,124
Seventh Grade 72,356
Eighth Grade 71,725
Ninth Grade 74,233
Tenth Grade 72,461
Eleventh Grade 69,290
Twelfth Grade 64,386
Special Education 16,500
Total ADM 963,294

*Includes Adult High School Students

Table 8 Average Daily Attendance*
Kindergarten 69,636
First Grade 69,649
Second Grade 70,096
Third Grade 73,147
Fourth Grade 73,853
Fifth Grade 72,422
Sixth Grade 69,966
Seventh Grade 69,042
Eighth Grade 68,208
Ninth Grade 70,342
Tenth Grade 68,424
Eleventh Grade 65,035
Twelfth Grade 59,366
Special Education 15,334
Total ADA 914,518

*Includes Adult High School Students

Table 9 First Month Membership (Kindergarten through Twelve)
Kindergarten 74,658
First Grade 74,352
Second Grade 74,683
Third Grade 77,781
Fourth Grade 78,458
Fifth Grade 77,086
Sixth Grade 74,920
Seventh Grade 74,262
Eighth Grade 73,688
Ninth Grade 76,614
Tenth Grade 75,251
Eleventh Grade 72,288
Twelfth Grade 68,663
Total 1st Month Membership 972,704
Table 10 Record of Pupil Progress
No Data Available at this time            
Table 11 Number of Children Ages 3 through 21 with Disability Receiving Special Education Services
Learning Disabled 41,801
Intellectual Disabled 8,108
Speech /Language Impaired 32,571
Emotionally Disturbed 3,100
Autism 10,402
Health Impaired 16,795
Physically Impaired 597
Hearing Impaired or Deaf 1,145
Visually Impaired or Blind 558
Deaf/Blind 10
Multi-Disabilities 2,047
Developmentally Delayed 10,597
Traumatic Brain Injury 361
Total 128,092
Table 12 (PART A) Pupil Transportation
Daily a.m. One-way Miles 293,527  
Total Number of Buses 9,203  
Average Number of Pupils Transported 1.5 Miles or Greater 479,032  
Bus Ownership  
District Owned 6,690  
Private Owned/Contracted 2,513                  
Table 12 (PART B) Driver and Accidents
Number of Bus Drivers
Regular 7,127
Substitute 1,613
Total 8,740
Type of Accident:
Property Damage 971
Personal Injury 102
Treated and Released 166
Confined Overnight 12
Fatalities 7
Table 12 (PART C)
Number of Buses with Wheelchair Lifts 1,338
Number of Buses with Restraints 2,065
Buses Equipped with :  
Two-Way Communication 7,496
Audio/Visual Surveillance 7,951
GPS 4,587
Air Conditioned 2,086              

Note: Due to changes in reporting, composite ages of buses are no longer included in the Annual Statistical Report. This data was previously labeled as Table 12C.

Total Receipts From State $4,625,714,719
Total Receipts From Federal Government 1,158,224,538
Total Receipts From County and City or Special District 3,583,802,461
Total Other Revenue Receipts 360,018,348
Total Revenue Receipts 9,727,760,065
Total Non-Revenue Receipts 921,349,407
Grand Total Receipts From All Sources $10,649,109,472 
Instruction 5,272,987,064
Support Services – Student 402,900,286
Support Services – Instructional Staff 656,105,296
Support Services – Administration 849,899,073
Support Services-Operations & Maintenance of Plant 773,269,455
Other Current Expenditures 1,010,159,417
Total Current Expenditures $8,965,320,591
Community Services 79,507,794
Early Childhood Education 147,465,608
Capital Outlay 112,917,954
Debt Services Operating Transfers 651,554,938
Capital Projects  510,860,535
Grand Total of All Expenditures $10,467,627,420
Total Operating Expenditures* $9,122,039,068
Operating Expenditures Per PUPIL ADA* $9,958               

*Operating Expenditures Per Pupil ADA includes: Current Expenditures Per LEA Financial Report (excluding Student Body Education and Adult Education); U.S.D.A. Commodity Value; and State Level Program and Administrative Expenses.)