The state's education commissioner visited Knox County school on Thursday to learn more about the system's Teacher Advancement Program.
Commissioner Kevin Huffman and Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre met with teachers at Carter Middle School.
The TAP program brings teachers together, challenges them to become better instructors, and rewards them for progress.
Education leaders also weighed in on the state report card. Knox County earned three Bs and an A for student academic achievement.
Dr. McIntyre says he is pleased with Knox County's progress.
"Clearly we continue to make really solid, steady academic progress for our students here in Knox County Schools. If you look at our high school graduation rate, it's an area where we've put a lot of focus and energy and effort, and we're seeing results," said Dr. McIntyre.
"Obviously, Tennessee as a state, we have a lot of work to do in order to make sure that our kids are competitive with kids all across the country and the world, and we know that, and we're taking a lot of important steps to get there. But I feel like last year we saw the kind of progress, that if we can maintain it over the next few years, we'll be where we need to be," said Huffman.
The entire report card can be found on Tennessee's state website.