The state should publicly report districts' distribution of teacher talent among schools to identify inequities in schools serving disadvantaged children.
Providing comprehensive reporting may be the state's most important role for
ensuring the equitable distribution of teachers among schools. Tennessee
reports little school-level data that can help support the equitable
distribution of teacher talent.
Tennessee does not collect or publicly report most of the data recommended by NCTQ. The state does not provide a school-level teacher quality index that demonstrates the academic backgrounds of a school's teachers and the ratio of new to veteran teachers. Tennessee also does not report on teacher absenteeism or turnover rates.
Tennessee does report on the percentage of highly qualified teachers. Commendably, these data are reported for each school, rather than aggregated by district. The state is also commended for comparing the percentage of highly qualified teachers at high- and low-poverty schools. Tennessee's Equity Plan, updated in December 2009, reports the disparities between novice and experienced teachers by poverty levels and minority populations, using date from the 2008-2009 school year.
Tennessee Dept of Education School Report Card 2010 http://edu.reportcard.state.tn.us/ State by LEA Highly Qualified Poverty Data Detail 2008-2009 Highly Qualified Poverty Data Summary 2008-2009 http://edu.reportcard.state.tn.us/pls/apex/f?p=200:70:2695378285387583::NO Tennessee Teacher Equity Plan December 2009 www.tn.gov/education/nclb/doc/TeachEquitPlanDec2009.pdf
Use a teacher quality index to report publicly about each school.
A teacher quality index, such as the one developed by the Illinois Education Research Council, with data including teachers' average SAT or ACT scores, the percentage of teachers failing basic skills licensure tests at least once, the selectivity of teachers' undergraduate colleges and the percentage of new teachers, can shine a light on how equitably teachers are distributed both across and within districts. Tennessee should ensure that individual school report cards include such data in a manner that translates these factors into something easily understood by the public, such as a color-coded matrix indicating a school's high or low score.
Publish other data that facilitate comparisons across schools.
Tennessee should collect and report other school-level data that reflect the stability of a school's faculty, including the rates of teacher absenteeism and turnover.
Provide comparative data based on school demographics.
Tennessee recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.