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Standards Review

It benefits our state when all students learn and progress each year to become knowledgeable thinkers, good citizens, and valuable members of our community. Academic standards are an important part of that mission. Standards are the grade- or course-level expectations for what students should know and be able to do.

The State Board of Education is charged under Tennessee statute with setting and approving academic standards. State Board Policy 3.209 requires that the Board review all sets of academic standards at a minimum of every six years. The table below indicates recent and upcoming standards review cycles.

These dates are subject to change based on requests from the Tennessee General Assembly or the Tennessee Department of Education. 

Standards Final Reading at State Board New Standards Implemented in Schools
English Language Arts; Math April 2016

2017-18

Science; PE/Wellness & Health; Fine Arts (Art, Music, Theatre Arts, Dance, Media Arts) October 2016

2018-19

Social Studies; World Languages Social Studies
 July 2017
World Languages  October 2017

2019-20

Career Technical Education (CTE)              July 2020

               2020-21

Math        February 2021

               2023-24

Science             July 2022

               2024-25

Social Studies            July 2023                             2025-26
English Language Arts            July 2024                             2026-27

You can find additional information about the sets of standards that are currently under review on each of the subpages in this section. With each of these standards revision cycles, our goal is to listen carefully to the people of Tennessee so we can make adjustments while maintaining the high standards that Tennessee students will need to succeed, both now and in the future.

To view a report on the prior standards revision process, please click here for the External Standards Review Report.

For more information regarding standards review, contact:
TNStandards.Review@tn.gov