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Civics Assessments

Per state law (T.C.A. § 49-6-1028e), all districts shall implement a project-based civics assessment at least once in grades 4–8 and once in grades 9–12. The project-based civics assessments are developed by the district to ensure students demonstrate an understanding of civics and achieve the learning objectives contained within the social studies standards. All districts must complete the project-based assessment form by June 15, 2020.

Additionally, per state law (T.C.A. § 49-6-408), students must take and pass (70 percent or higher) the United States citizenship and immigration test during the student’s high school career (i.e., grades 9-12). Schools in which all seniors earning a regular diploma score 85 percent or higher on the U.S. civics test will be recognized by the department as a U.S. Civics All-Star School. All districts are required to submit  their civics compliance form by June 15, 2020 for their 2020 graduating seniors.

U.S. Civics All-Star Schools

  • Adamsville Jr/Sr High School
  • Alvin C York Institute
  • Anderson County High School
  • Arlington High School
  • Avon Lenox High School
  • Bartlett High School
  • Beech High School
  • Big Sandy School
  • Blackman High School
  • Bolton High School
  • Bradley Central High School
  • Brentwood High School
  • Brighton High School
  • Camden Central High School
  • Cascade High School
  • (Memphis) Central High school
  • Hollow Rock-Bruceton Central High School
  • Central Magnet School
  • Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy
  • Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts
  • Chattanooga School for the Arts & Sciences - Upper
  • Cheatham County High School
  • Chuckey Doak High School
  • City University
  • City University School of Independence
  • Claiborne High School
  • Clarksburg School
  • Clay County High School
  • Clinch School
  • Clinton High School
  • Coffee County Central High School
  • Collierville High School
  • Community High School
  • Cookeville High School
  • Cordova High School
  • Cornersville High School
  • Covenant Academy (Private School)
  • Craigmont High School
  • Creek Wood High School
  • Crockett County High School
  • Cumberland Gap High School
  • Daniel Boone High School
  • David Crockett High School
  • DeKalb County High School
  • Dickson County High School
  • Dyersburg High School
  • E.B. Wilson High School
  • Eagleville School
  • East Nashville Magnet High School
  • East Robertson High School
  • Elizabethton High School
  • Fairley High School
  • Fayette-Ware Comprehensive High School
  • Forrest High School
  • Gallatin High School
  • Gatlinburg-Pittman High School
  • Germantown High School
  • Gibson County High School
  • Giles County High School
  • Goal Academy High School
  • Gordonsville High School
  • Greenback Public School
  • Greenbrier High School
  • Greeneville High School
  • Grundy County High School
  • Halls High School
  • Hamilton County Collegiate High at Chattanooga State
  • Hardin County High School
  • Harpeth High School
  • Harriman High School
  • Hendersonville High School
  • Henry County High School
  • Hillcrest High School
  • Hollis F. Price Middle College High School
  • Holloway High School
  • Houston High School
  • Humboldt JR&SR High School
  • Hume-Fogg High School
  • Hunters Lane High School
  • Huntingdon High School
  • Independence High School
  • Ivy Academy (Chattanooga)
  • Jo Byrns High School
  • Lake County High School
  • LaVergne High School
  • Lawrence County High School
  • Lincoln County High School
  • Loretto High School
  • Loudon High School
  • Madison Oaks Academy
  • Maplewood High School
  • Marion County High School
  • Martin Luther King High School
  • Maryville High School
  • McEwen High School
  • McGavock High School
  • McNairy Central High School
  • Meigs County High School
  • Memphis Academy of Health Sciences High School
  • Memphis Academy of Science & Engineering
  • Memphis Business Academy High School
  • Memphis School of Excellence
  • Merrol Hyde Magnet School
  • Middle College @ Austin Peay State University
  • Middle College High School
  • Midway High School
  • Milan High School
  • Millington Central High School
  • Mitchell High School
  • MNPS Middle College High School
  • Monterey High School
  • Munford High School
  • Nashville Big Picture High School
  • North Greene High School
  • Northview Senior Academy
  • Northwest Prep Academy
  • Oak Ridge High School
  • Oakland High School
  • Obion County Central High School
  • Oliver Springs High
  • Oneida High School
  • Overton High School
  • Perry County High School
  • Pickett County High School
  • Pigeon Forge High School
  • Portland High School
  • Power Center Academy High School
  • Raleigh-Egypt High School
  • Ravenwood High School
  • Renaissance High School
  • Ridgeway High School
  • Ripley High School
  • Riverdale High School
  • Roane County High School
  • Rockwood High School
  • Sale Creek Middle/High School
  • Sequoyah High School
  • Sevier County High School
  • Seymour High School
  • Sheffield High School
  • Shelbyville Central High School
  • Siegel High School
  • Smith County High School
  • Smyrna High School
  • South Fulton High School
  • South Gibson County High School
  • South Greene High School
  • South Pittsburg High School
  • Southwind High School
  • Station Camp High School
  • STEM School Chattanooga
  • Stewarts Creek High School
  • Summertown High School
  • Summit High School
  • Sumner County Middle College High School
  • Sumner County Middle Technical College High School
  • Sweetwater High School
  • Sycamore High School
  • Tellico Plains High School
  • Tennessee High School
  • Tennessee Online Public School
  • The Academy at Hickory Hollow
  • The Excel Center
  • Tullahoma High School
  • University School
  • Upperman High School
  • Waverly Central High School
  • West Carroll Junior Senior High School
  • West Greene High School
  • Westmoreland High School
  • White House High School
  • White Station High School
  • Whitehaven High School
  • Whites Creek High School
  • Whitwell High School
  • Anderson County High School
  • Arlington High School
  • Arlington High School
  • Avon School
  • B. T. Washington High
  • Bartlett High School
  • Beech Senior High School
  • Big Sandy School
  • Blackman High School
  • Bradford High School
  • Brentwood High School
  • Bruceton Central High School
  • Camden Central High School
  • Campbell Loughmiller Academy
  • Cascade High School
  • Central Magnet School
  • Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts
  • City University
  • Claiborne High School
  • Cleveland High School
  • Clinton High School
  • Coffee County Central High School
  • Community High School
  • Cookeville High School
  • Cordova High School
  • Cornersville High School
  • Cumberland County High School
  • Cumberland Gap High School
  • Dobyns-Bennett High School
  • Douglass High
  • DuBois High School of Arts & Technology
  • DuBois High School of Leadership & Public Policy
  • Dyersburg High School
  • E B Wilson Virtual High School
  • Eagleville High School
  • East Hickman High School
  • East Nashville Magnet High School
  • Elizabethton Academy
  • Elizabethton High School
  • F. I. Denning Center of Technology and Careers
  • Fairley High School
  • Fairview High School
  • Fayette-Ware Comprehensive High School
  • Forrest High School
  • Fred J Page High School
  • Freedom Preparatory Academy
  • Gallatin Senior High School
  • Gary Hardin Academy
  • Gatlinburg-Pittman High School
  • Gibson County High School
  • Greenback School
  • Greeneville High School
  • Grundy County High School
  • Halls High School
  • Hamilton County Collegiate High at Chattanooga State
  • Hancock Middle/High School
  • Hardin County High School
  • Harriman High School
  • Hickman County High School
  • Hillcrest High School
  • Hollis F. Price Middle College
  • Holloway High School
  • Hope Academy
  • Houston County High School
  • Houston High School
  • Humboldt JR&SR High School
  • Hume-Fogg
  • Hunters Lane
  • Huntingdon High School
  • Independence High School
  • Jefferson County High School
  • KIPP Nashville Collegiate High School
  • Kirby High
  • L & N STEM Academy
  • LaVergne High School
  • Lewis County High School
  • Loudon High School
  • MADISON OAKS ACADEMY
  • Marion County High School
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet High School
  • Maryville High School
  • McKenzie High School
  • Meigs County High School
  • Memphis Academy of Science & Engineering
  • Merrol Hyde Magnet School
  • Middle College High
  • Middle College High School
  • Midtown Education Center
  • Midway High School
  • Milan High School
  • MNPS Middle College High School
  • Monterey High School
  • Nashville School of the Arts
  • Northeast Prep Academy
  • Northview Senior Academy
  • Oakland High School
  • Oliver Springs High School
  • Peabody High School
  • Pearl-Cohn High School
  • Pigeon Forge High School
  • Portland High School
  • Power Center Academy High
  • Red Boiling Springs School
  • Renaissance High School
  • Rhea County High School
  • Ridgeway High
  • Ripley High School
  • Riverdale High School
  • Riverside High School
  • Roane Academy
  • Roane County High School
  • Rockwood High School
  • RT Fisher Alternative School
  • Sequatchie County High School
  • Sequoyah High School
  • Sevier County High School
  • Seymour High School
  • Siegel High School
  • Smyrna High School
  • South Gibson County High School
  • South Pittsburg High School
  • Station Camp High School
  • STEM School Chattanooga
  • Stewart County High School
  • Stewarts Creek High School
  • Stone Memorial High School
  • Summit High School
  • Sumner County Middle College High School
  • Sumner County Middle Technical College High School at Portland
  • Sweetwater High School
  • Tellico Plains High School
  • Tennessee High School
  • Tennessee Online Public School
  • The Academy at Hickory Hollow
  • The Soulsville Charter School
  • Tullahoma High School
  • Upperman High School
  • Westmoreland High School
  • Westwood High
  • White House High School
  • Whitehaven High
  • Whites Creek High School
  • Whitwell High School

Frequently Asked Questions

Pursuant to state law, students are required to participate in the following civics assessments:

  1. A project-based assessment in civics is required at least once in grades four through eight (4-8) and at least once in grades nine through twelve (9-12). The project-based assessment is designed to measure the civics learning objectives contained in the social studies standards and to demonstrate understanding and relevance of public policy, the structure of federal, state and local governments and both the Tennessee and the United States constitutions.
  2. A United States citizenship and immigration services civics test is  required to be taken and passed in order to meet the social studies course credit requirements to earn a regular diploma upon graduation from high school. Schools in which all seniors earning a regular diploma score 85 percent or higher on the U.S. civics test will be recognized by the department as a U.S. Civics All-Star School.

All LEAs must submit verification of compliance with each civics assessment to the department.

  • The project-based assessment compliance form will be available on the department’s website in the coming weeks and will be due by June 15 of each year.
  • The U.S. citizenship and immigration services civics test compliance form is due by June 15 of each year.

LEAs will report the name of each school in the district that had 100% of their students pass the test with an 85% or higher on the U.S. citizenship and immigration services civics test compliance form. Once the form is submitted, the department will review and verify all schools that meet the requirements. All U.S. Civics All-Star Schools will be recognized on the department’s website.

  • The project-based assessment shall be developed by the LEA and should engage students in learning essential knowledge and skills through a student-influenced inquiry process structured around complex, authentic questions and carefully designed products and tasks. The project-based assessment should measure the civics learning objectives contained in the social studies standards and provide students the opportunity to demonstrate understanding and relevance of public policy, the structure of federal, state and local governments, and both the Tennessee and the United States constitutions.
  • The U.S. citizenship and immigration services civics test should be prepared by each district and should be comprised of at least 50 questions with at least 29 questions on American government, at least 16 questions on American history, and at least 7 questions on integrated civics. Questions must come from the U.S. citizenship test administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Students must correctly answer at least 70 percent of the questions on the test to earn a passing grade. A student may participate in the test as many times as necessary to earn a passing grade.

All public school students,  are expected to participate in the project based civics assessments at the appropriate grade levels. A passing grade on the project-based assessment is not a requirement for graduation. Each LEA may determine how a student’s grade on the project based civics assessment will be counted in the classroom or district.

All seniors must take and pass the U.S. civics test, beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, in order to meet the social studies course credit requirement to earn a regular diploma upon graduation. Each LEA may determine how a student’s grade on the U.S. civics test will be counted in the classroom or district, but a passing score on the civics test must be noted on a student’s transcript.

Project-based civics assessments must be completed by a  student who has an IEP  if the IEP team has determined the assessment is appropriate. The student shall take the project-based civics assessment with the accommodations and/or modifications that are deemed necessary by the IEP team.

The U.S. civics test shall be administered to a student who has an IEP with the accommodations and/or modifications that are deemed necessary by the IEP team

Federal and state law stipulates that that the requirements for an alternate academic diploma align with the requirements for a regular high school diploma.

No.  Adult students are exempt from state required assessments, including the U.S. civics test requirement.