Education & Workforce Development

Governor Haslam's Goal: To be the fastest improving state in the country.

Today’s economy requires workers to have more education and training than ever.  Governor Haslam is working to improve the state’s education system in order to help develop a skilled and knowledgeable workforce prepared to succeed in a 21st century economy.  The administration is focused on ensuring the state’s K-12 education system is led by great principals and highly effective teachers.  Governor Haslam believes in empowering parents by expanding school choice and has launched the “Drive to 55” initiative to shrink the gap between what our higher education system produces and actual workforce demand.  Ultimately, Governor Haslam believes one of the most important things we can do to improve the overall quality of life for Tennesseans is to work together as a state to improve student outcomes and increase education.

  • Third Grade Reading
  • Seventh Grade Math
  • High School Graduation Rate
  • College-Going Rate
  • ACT College and Career Readiness
  • Associate's Degree or Higher
  • The percentage of third grade students (spring) who score at or above proficient on the TCAP reading assessment.
    2014, TN Department of Education Report Card.
  • The percentage of seventh grade students  (spring) who score at or above proficient on the TCAP mathematics assessment.
    2014, TN Department of Education Report Card.
  • The ratio of regular diplomas earned in 4 years for current cohort divided by all members of the current cohort. Beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, the graduation rate calculation is based on the US DOE 4-year adjusted cohort formula based on the year the student entered ninth grade.

    The standard number of years to graduate for all students is defined as 4 years plus any summer school terms including the summer school term after 12th grade. Only students entering ninth grade 4 years prior will be included in the cohort. Only students earning a regular diploma within 4 years will be included in the numerator.
    2014, TN Department of Education Report Card.

  • The percentage of recent public high school graduates attending postsecondary institutions anywhere in the nation. It is calculated by dividing the number of Tennessee public high school graduates in a given year by the number of such graduates who attend postsecondary institutions somewhere in the nation in the immediate fall term following high school graduation, including the preceding summer semester.
    2013, TN Higher Education Commission. 
  • The percentage of ACT-tested graduates in Tennessee (both public and private school students) who meet or exceed the College Readiness Benchmark score in all four subjects: English, math, reading, and science.
    2014, ACT State Profile Report.
  • The percentage of the population between 25 and 64 who have completed an associate's degree or higher.
    2013, National Center for Higher Education Management.