2018 Tennessee Code
Title 49 - Education
Chapter 2 - Local Administration
Part 7 - High Performing School Districts Flexibility Act
§ 49-2-702. Part definitions -- Criteria considered when calculating whether an LEA is eligible to be declared a high performing school district.

Universal Citation: TN Code § 49-2-702 (2018)
  • (a) As used in this part, unless the context otherwise requires:

    • (1) "Department" means the department of education; and

    • (2) "High performing school district" means any LEA in the state that satisfies a majority of the following criteria, if applicable to that LEA, according to the state report card:

      • (A) Reaches a graduation rate of ninety percent (90%) or higher;

      • (B) Exhibits an average student ACT score of 21 or higher or the concordant equivalent score on the SAT or a higher score; provided, that prior to an LEA using the average student ACT or SAT score, at least thirty (30) students within the LEA or at least twenty-five percent (25%) of the graduating class, whichever is larger, took the ACT or SAT;

      • (C) Exhibits a TCAP three-year average composite normal curve equivalent (NCE) score of 55 or higher;

      • (D) Exhibits a TVAAS three-year average composite NCE gain of 1.75 or higher; or

      • (E) Meets or exceeds achievement and gap closure annual measurable objectives and receives an exemplary or similar status from the department.

  • (b) Only those criteria in the list in subdivision (a)(2) that apply to a particular LEA and are reported on the state report card shall be considered when calculating whether an LEA is eligible to be declared a high performing school district under this part. If a criterion does not apply to a particular LEA, it shall be removed from consideration for that LEA and a majority of the remaining criteria must be met. Should any of the criteria cease being reported on the state report card, the department shall designate a replacement measure for purposes of this part. An LEA scoring in the top fifteen percent (15%) of all LEAs in the state under the replacement measure shall meet that criterion.

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