The State Board of Education has the authority to adopt academic standards for each subject area in grades K-12. Click on the course title/grade level to view a description of the course and the standards adopted by the state board. Click here to view the academic standards guidelines adopted by the SBE.
High School Standards
The State Board of Education sets the requirements for high school graduation (see the SBE Rule). View a list of the courses required for high school graduation here.
Literacy in Technology
Tennessee’s state standards for English language arts (ELA) includes a subset of literacy standards for teachers of history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. These literacy standards do not change the subject-area content, which will continue to be governed by Tennessee standards for each subject. Rather, the literacy standards provide expectations for how students will read and write in those courses. By incorporating more reading of complex informational text, holding students accountable to that reading through text-based discussion and giving students text-based argumentative and expository writing assignments, teachers will do the following:
Support school-wide literacy efforts;
Help prepare students for the literacy demands they will face in college and career, including the specialized reading and writing procedures of the relevant discipline; and
Reinforce students’ learning of subject-area content.