Below, a district-by-district list shows the percentage of students who scored proficient as readers on state achievement tests in 2018-19, based on data provided by the education department. The list includes each school system’s proficiency rates in both third grade and overall, plus its statewide ranking for third-grade performance.

The third-grade rates ranged from 73.9% in Arlington, a suburban district in Shelby County, to 5.6% for the state’s lowest-performing schools in Tennessee’s Achievement School District. The top 5 included four municipal school systems in suburban Shelby County, while Memphis-based Shelby County Schools (22.8%) landed in the bottom 10.