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Civics Assessments

Per state law (T.C.A. § 49-6-1028), all districts must ensure that a project-based civics assessment is given 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 compliance form by May 15, 2018.

Additionally, per state law (T.C.A. § 49-6-408A), students must Pass the United States citizenship and immigration test with at least a 70 percent during the student’s high school career (i.e., grades 9-12). Schools in which all seniors earning a regular diploma and also earn a passing grade (70 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 compliance form by June 15 for their 2018 graduating seniors.

U.S. Civics All-Star Schools

  • 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 at least once in grades nine through twelve (9-12). Schools in which all seniors earning a regular diploma also earn a passing grade 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.

LEAs will report the name of each school in the district that had 100% of their students pass the test with a 70% 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 between 25 and 50 questions. Questions must come from U.S. citizenship test administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The assessment may be fill in the blank, multiple choice, open response, etc. 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, including the class of 2017, are expected to participate in the civics assessments at the appropriate grade levels. A passing grade on the project-based assessment or the U.S. citizenship and immigration services civics test is not a requirement for graduation. Each LEA may determine how a student’s grade on each assessment will be counted in the classroom or district.

A student who has an IEP under which the civics tests are determined by the IEP team to be appropriate shall take the civics test with the accommodations that are deemed necessary by the IEP team.

The IEP team will determine the most appropriate accommodations for the student.