The PeopleFirst Partnership Annual Report 2015

Building a competitive workforce remains one of the community’s greatest challenges. It takes sustained effort around the bold agenda of improving education outcomes from the earliest years through post-secondary graduation to meet this challenge.

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The State of Post-Secondary Readiness in Shelby County 2015

In this report we have attempted to juxtapose the thoughts and feelings of Shelby County high school seniors with research and scholarship on the issues they put forth. The ultimate message these students send is that they want to have successful and productive lives and are willing to work for it, but they need adults in the community to expect that of them and support them in their pursuits. They need us to believe in them and build systems to ensure their success. Seniors also take a great deal of responsibility for their outcomes, too much in fact, which suggests fertile ground for our efforts. If we pave the pathway, they will do the work to travel it.

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Child Care Center Locator

The Department of Human Services maintains a list of all licensed or certified providers in the state. Use this link to search by location or name, or choose the county and zip code in which you live to find a provider. This list includes basic information, such as capacity, ages served, and hours of operation. It also includes information on the voluntary TN Star-Quality Child Care Programs. Star-Quality recognizes child care providers who meet a higher standard of quality. Once qualified for this program, a provider can receive one, two, or three stars to place on its license and display in its center or home. Each star shows that the provider meets increasingly higher standards. In other words, the more stars a program has, the better the quality of care it offers to children.

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TN State Department of Education

Annual Report Card

The annual Report Card presents state, district, and school-level data for each school year. The Report Card includes the following information: demographics, achievement results, accountability progress, value-added data, attendance figures, and graduation rates.

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Downloadable Data

The TN State Department of Education releases data for the public to use and analyze for research purposes. The files in this link include state data presented on the annual Report Cards from the most recent three years.

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Achievement School District

The Achievement School District independently releases report cards on each ASD school. This link provides an interactive report card for each ASD school.

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Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS)

Tennessee’s school districts, public schools and charter schools receive web-based reporting through the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS). TVAAS offers an objective and more precise way to measure student progress and the value schools and districts add to students’ educational experiences.

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US Department of Education

Previously, high schools relied on self-reported surveys to estimate their FAFSA completion rate and that data can be inaccurate. For this reason, Federal Student Aid is providing high schools with current data about their FAFSA submissions and completions so that high schools can track their progress and help to ensure that their students complete a FAFSA. A completed FAFSA allows the U.S. Department of Education to determine a potential student’s eligibility for federal student aid – a key factor in families’ college decisions.

The data included in this link reflect the number of submitted and completed FAFSAs among first-time filing applicants no older than 18 who will have received their high school diploma by the start of the school year to which they are applying for aid.

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Tennessee Higher Education Commission

This dynamic GIS website from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission provides information on participation rates in higher education at the county and school level. It also provides educational attainment rates.

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