State law requires districts to monitor disproportionality in discipline practices within general education populations.
Tennessee Code Annotated 49-1-211. Annual report by commissioner.
(a) The commissioner of education shall publish an annual report as of each November 1, which shall include, but not be limited to:
- (1) The results of state-conducted compliance and performance audits of local school systems;
- (2) Value-added assessment as organized by class, schools and local school systems;
- (3) School performance indicators including performance on the Tennessee comprehensive assessment program (TCAP), dropout rates, numbers of waivers, local financial contribution to education, attendance rates, and other indicators adopted by the state board of education;
- (4) School and district performance designations pursuant to § 49-1-602 ;
- (5) A comparison of expenditures by category and program for each school system with statewide averages;
- (A) Overall student dropout rates organized by schools and local school systems; and
- (B) Student dropout rates also organized by schools and local school systems, but subdivided by gender and race;
- (A) Overall student suspension and expulsion rates organized by schools and local school systems; and
- (B) Student suspension and expulsion rates also organized by schools and local school systems, but subdivided by gender and race;
Tennessee Code Annotated 49-6-3401. Suspension of students — Expulsion of students — Exception for self-defense.
(h) The commissioner of education shall report on an annual basis to the education committee of the senate and the education committee of the house of representatives regarding disciplinary actions in Tennessee schools. The reports must include the reason for the disciplinary action, the number of students suspended or expelled, the number of students who committed zero tolerance offenses pursuant to subsection (g), the number of students who have been placed in an alternative educational setting, and the number of students suspended, expelled, or otherwise dismissed from an alternative school. Data must be sorted by school as well as by various demographic factors, including grade, race, and sex.
Tennessee Code Annotated 49-6-4004. Uniform and fair application of code of conduct.
The principal of each school shall apply the code of conduct uniformly and fairly to each student at the school without partiality or discrimination.
Tennessee Code Annotated 49-6-4301. School officials to report student offenses.
- (c) The commissioner of education, in conjunction with the commissioner of safety, shall establish a statewide uniform violent incident reporting system that all LEAs shall follow. The uniform violent incident reporting system shall require all LEAs to report annually to the commissioner in a form and by a date prescribed by the commissioner, the following information concerning violent and disruptive incidents, as defined by the commissioner, that occurred in the prior school year:
- (1) The type of offenders;
- (2) If an offender is a student, the age and grade of the student;
- (3) The location at which the incident occurred;
- (4) The type of incident;
- (5) Whether the incident occurred during or outside of regular school hours;
- (6) Where the incident involved a weapon, whether the weapon was a firearm, knife or other weapon;
- (7) The actions taken by the school in response to the incident, including when the incident was reported to law enforcement officials and whether disciplinary action was taken against the offenders by law enforcement;
- (8) Any student discipline or referral action taken against a student offender and the duration of the action; and
- (9) The nature of the victim and the victim's age and grade where appropriate.
(d) The commissioner shall require a summary of the information from subsection (c) to be included, in a form prescribed by the commissioner, in the annual report published by the commissioner each year pursuant to § 49-1-211.