The State Board of Education has the authority to adopt academic standards for each subject area in grades K-12.
The current state science standards (located in the drop-down menus below) were first implemented in classrooms in the 2009-10 school year. The state board adopted new state science standards in October 2016, and they will be implemented in classrooms in the 2018-19 school year. The revised science standards were developed utilizing recommendations found in A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas.
Note: The State Board of Education sets the requirements for high school graduation (see the High School Policy). Per SBE Rule, students must achieve three high school level units of science in order to graduate with a high school diploma, including Biology I, either Chemistry or Physics, and one additional laboratory science course. View a list of the courses required for high school graduation.
Note: The third lab science must come from the list of courses with permanent science course codes. For information about CTE courses that will satisfy the third lab science graduation requirement, consult the correlation of course code document to see a full list of CTE substitutions. Special courses, submitted by districts, may not substitute as a third lab science.
The TN Science Standards Implementation Guide can be used to facilitate meetings and investigations which connect the framework to the 2018-19 science standards.
Current K-8 Standards
Select the grade level to view a description of the course and the standards adopted by the state board.
Current High School Standards
Select the course title/grade level to view a description of the course and the standards adopted by the state board.