State: Tennessee


Your Guide to Data and Services for Tennessee

SREB works with Tennessee policymakers, colleges and schools to help them improve education. From this page, find independent, accurate data, reliable best practices and ways to share scarce resources. Plus: details on how Tennessee makes use of SREB’s many targeted programs and services.

Tennessee Members of the Board

Bill Haslam, Governor of Tennessee, Nashville, ex officio (2019)
Harry Ray Brooks, State Representative, Knoxville (2014)
Beth Cox, Sumner County School Board member, Hendersonville (2016)
Krissy DeAlejandro, Executive Director, tnAchieves, Knoxville (2017)
L. Anthony Wise, President, Pellissippi State College, Knoxville (2019)

(Appointments to the Board are made by the Governor. Terms expire June 30 of the specified year.)

Tennessee Members of the Legislative Advisory Council

Harry Ray Brooks, State Representative, Knoxville
Reginald Tate, State Senator, Memphis
Mark White, State Representative, Memphis

Publication September 20165 pages

College Affordability Profile

To help policymakers assess and improve college affordability in their states, SREB provides tailored reports on the policies, programs and prices that drive affordability. Each member-state profile details net price at different types of institutions, state financial aid based on need or other factors, student borrowing, and percentage of family income needed to pay for college at different income levels.

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Publication June 201640 pages(16E07-TN)

Tennessee: Gauging Progress, Accelerating Pace

Gauging Progress, Accelerating Pace is the seventh biennial report to SREB states on their progress in meeting SREB’s Challenge to Lead goals for education. Each customized state report documents progress on both measurable outcomes and state policies. Through effective policy implementation, the goals can help states drive improvements in student achievement, high school graduation, college completion and workforce readiness.


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Promising Affordability Practices in Oklahoma, Tennessee
What the research tells us

SREB’s Commission on College Affordability in the South convened in New Orleans in December 2014 for its second meeting to focus state policies on increasing the students’ ability to pay for and complete college. Members learned what the research tells us about affordability’s effects on enrollment and completion and heard about promising practices in two states, Oklahoma and Tennessee. 

Publication September 20144 pages

High School to College and Careers, Tennessee

Are standards, assessments and readiness policies aligned to promote smooth transitions? Details on Tennessee policies and requirements for high school graduation, accelerated learning, academic and career planning, college and career readiness, college admission, state financial aid and more.


Publication May 20133 pages

Tennessee Accountability Profile

Tennessee’s plans under federal waivers to No Child Left Behind: policies for raising student achievement, evaluating school performance, and identifying low-performing schools for state assistance.


Publication June 201236 pages(12E04)

Tennessee: A Decade of Progress

This report outlines a decade of the state’s progress toward meeting SREB’s Challenge to Lead education goals. Data on key education measures for each of the 12 goals are presented, with commentary that puts the information in a regional and national context. The lead figures on each page also are available as PowerPoint slides at