Tennessee is meeting most federal education benchmarks
Posted: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 8:44 pm
NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Edu-cation’s annual report card shows the state met expectations in most categories under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
The data released Monday also indicate the state’s graduation rate is 82.2 percent, up 0.4 percentage points from last year. That’s a slower improvement than in 2007, when graduation rates increased by 1.1 percentage points.
“As long as they’re climbing, I’ll take it,” Gov. Phil Bredesen told reporters Monday.
The state’s goal is to reach a 90 percent graduation rate in the 2014 school year.
Bredesen said the state’s efforts to increase education funding and standards — and even the development of the state’s pre-kindergarten program — are designed to improve graduation rates.
I certainly hope graduation rates continue to climb,” Bredesen said. “I want to see them keep moving in the right direction, and every year we need to make a little progress.”
Tennessee met all the federal benchmarks except those set for high school students with limited English proficiency.
On the Net:
Tenn. Report Card: http://www.tennessee.gov/education/reportcard