Even with our recent success as a state , many students in Tennessee are still far from realizing the ultimate goal that is set for them — that every Tennessee student graduates from high school prepared for postsecondary education and the workforce . The 2016-17 State of Education in Tennessee report examines the work that has produced our progress and identifies opportunities for continued growth .
As we begin 2017 , it is important to reflect on the progress we have made and focus on what is needed to sustain the momentum . Now , more than ever , we must accelerate our support for educators , drive toward excellence and equity for all students , and stand firm on the policies that have led to our historic gains . Importantly , 2017 also marks the beginning of a critical transition for Tennessee . This year the conversation will begin about who will succeed Governor Bill Haslam as Tennessee ’ s 50th governor and what policies candidates for governor will commit to pursue . Throughout these conversations , we hope that the priorities outlined in this report provide the lens through which Tennessee ’ s leaders consider education policy and practice .
It will take the dedication of all partners in this work for Tennessee to reach success for all students . We remain eager for the work ahead , knowing that the future of Tennessee ’ s students , and of our state , depends on it . We look forward to working together in 2017 and hope you will join us as we seek to meet our state ’ s goals for our students .
Senator Bill Frist , MD SCORE Founder and Chairman