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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.

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
Personal Finance July 2019 2021-22
Computer Applications, Keyboarding, & Instructional Technology July 2020 2022-23
Science July 2021 2023-24
Social Studies, World Languages July 2022 2024-25
PE/Wellness; Fine Arts (Art, Music, Theatre Arts, Dance) July 2023 2025-26
English Language Arts July 2024 2026-27
Math; Personal Finance July 2025 2027-28

Career and Technical Education courses are also reviewed on a six-year cycle. 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: