Education Statistics

Underfunding: The State of Tennessee is underfunding our public schools by $500 million to close to $900 million if you include paying teachers and staff properly. Source

Per Pupil Spending: $8,000 which is 7th from the bottom of the list. The national average is $11,000.  Source

Teacher Pay: Tennessee is ranked 38th in teacher pay with an average of $48,000. Source   West Virginia teachers made $45,000 and they went on strike.  The national average salary is $58,000. Source

Tennessee teachers have actually lost money since 1981. Source
In 1981 Tennessee teachers were paid $51,000
1999= $52,000
2009=$51,000
2015= $49,000

Test Scores (Nation’s Report Card)

From Nation’s Report Card 2017 using the NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) assessment: Tested grades 4, 8, and 12

Proficient Levels:

  • Math (grades 4, 8, 12): 36, 30, 17
  • Reading (grades 4, 8, 12): 33, 31, 31
  • Science (grades 4, 8): 41, 37
  • Writing (grade 4): 23

Advanced levels:

  • Math (grades 4, 8, 12): 7, 6, 1
  • Reading (grades 4, 8, 12): 8, 2, 3
  • Science (grades 4, 8): 1, 2
  • Writing (grade 4): 1

Basic Levels:

  • Math (grades 4, 8, 12): 77, 68, 56
  • Reading (grades 4, 8, 12): 64, 73, 70
  • Science (grades 4,8): 79, 71
  • Writing (grade 4): 82

TN compared with Nation

  • Math grade 4: 237 v 239 *Significantly Lower
  • Math grade 8: 279 v 282 *Significantly Lower
  • Math grade 12: 145 v 152 *Significantly Lower
  • Reading grade 4: 220 v 221 *Not Significantly Different
  • Reading grade 8: 265 v 266 *Not Significantly Different
  • Reading grade 12: 282 v 287 *Significantly Lower