education has been a top priority for the Chamber and the business community. A consistent part of the business community’s commitment over these decades has been to produce the Education Report, a community perspective on opportunities and challenges facing Metro Nashville Public Schools.
Prompted by the “America 2000 Goals” issued in the early 1990s, the Chamber formed a task force in 1992 to study how other communities were measuring the success of their school systems and develop a process for Nashville. The task force recommended that the Chamber institute a citizen’s committee to issue an annual progress report to the School Board and administration on behalf of the community. In 1993, the first “Citizen’s Panel for a Community Report Card” was convened, and a report has been published every year since then.
The guidelines for the Chamber Education Report Committee remain the same since its inception: