Future Ready 2023!

Hamilton County Department of Education’s Strategic Plan

Future Ready 2023! is an aggressive, forward-thinking strategic plan committed to improving education in Hamilton County for every student. For the first time ever, the district’s strategic plan includes measurable key performance indicators so we’ll know from year to year how much progress we’ve made toward our goals.

The Board of Education ratified this plan in September 2018. It is the culmination of a year’s effort and has been created with input from 23 community meetings including over 1,300 participants.

Work focuses on five key areas:

Accelerating Student Achievement

The board and community have articulated high expectations for student achievement. To improve student outcomes, we will focus on aligning standards, assessments, and instruction, as well as prioritizing educational equity so that all students can reach their full potential.


Future Ready Students

Our overarching mission as a public school district is to ensure our students are successful after graduation. We will work to help students identify their interests and acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities to pursue their preferred option for college and/or career, whatever it might be.


Great Teachers and Leaders

Our students cannot be successful without strong teachers and leaders to support their learning. Our district must ensure that we attract, develop, and retain top talent across all educational and operational areas.


Our district serves our community as the public provider of pre-K-12 education for all families. Moreover, we serve as the foundation for workforce development. It is important that we continually gather feedback and input from our stakeholders, in addition to keeping them informed on our progress.

Engaged Community


From building maintenance to transportation to technology infrastructure, we understand that seamless operations are key to delivering a high quality public education to our students. Our operations must help – not hinder – the creation of a safe and healthy environment, conducive to student learning.

Effective and Efficient Operations


Focus Five Performance Targets

The district will pursue five overarching performance targets to measure our success at the end of the Future Ready 2023! five-year timeframe:

  1. At least half of all third grade students will be on-track or mastered as measured the TNReady English Language Arts assessment. In 2017, the district was at 33.3% proficiency for third grade reading. Early literacy is critical to ensuring that students have the academic foundation to put them on a trajectory for success through high school and beyond.

  2. We will double the percent of students on track in Algebra I across all grades. In 2017, only 18.7 percent of district students were on track for college and career readiness as measured by state EOC assessments in Algebra I. Algebraic problem solving is growing in importance across all career sectors, as STEM becomes an essential part of the workplace. Our students need these skills to compete in the 21st century economy.

  3. 75% of graduates will complete at least one advanced course or industry certification exam. Less than 40% of 2017 graduates completed an early post-secondary course or earned an industry credential. Advanced coursework and industry certifications provide students with a head-start on careers and credit attainment towards a post-secondary degree or diploma. Increasing exposure to EPSOs will ultimately increase post-secondary completion rates.

  4. The average ACT composite for the class of 2023 will be 21. The average ACT composite for the class of 2017 was 19.9. ACT is an important indicator for post-secondary readiness, as well as HOPE scholarship opportunities. We believe that, on average, our graduates should be able to demonstrate their preparation for post-secondary based on composite ACT scores.

  5. 90% of students who entered high school in the 2019 cohort will graduate by summer 2023. The graduation rate for the class of 2017 (entered ninth grade in 2013) was 84.6%. Earning a high school diploma is the first step toward economic self-sufficiency, when that diploma represents a high-value set of skills and abilities. Moreover, graduation is a culminating rite of passage to adulthood, and we must support more of our students to successfully achieve this milestone.

Read the entire strategic plan here.