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The State Board of Education is charged with conducting a review of all sets of academic standards at minimum of every six years.  The review process for all sets of standards will include the work of an educator committee to make key revisions and a process to collect public feedback on the revised standards prior to review by the State Board of Education.

World Languages Standards Review

A comprehensive timeline of the world languages review process is available below:

Date Action
February - April 2017 Educator advisory team convenes and makes initial revisions.
May - June 2017 Revised standards posted online for public review and feedback.
June 2017 Revisions made based on public feedback.
July 2017 State Board considers revisions to the new standards on first reading.
October 2017 State Board considers the new standards on final reading.
2019 - 2020 First year of implementation of new standards.

The State Board of Education is charged with conducting a review of all sets of academic standards at a minimum of every six years. In early 2017, a committee of Tennessee educators was selected to review the state’s world language standards. These standards set specific goals that exemplify what students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of a given course. The educators utilized their professional content knowledge as well as data from a pre-survey to revise the standards, which apply to all written and/or spoken languages taught in Tennessee.

The committee’s proposed draft is now available and is open to public feedback. Please read and review the revised world language standards here. Comments may be submitted through June 2, 2017.

This transparent and comprehensive review process is an opportunity for any Tennessean to log in online, review each specific standard, and provide comments or suggest changes. Once the data is collected from the public feedback period, it will be aggregated and given to the educator team to review and revise the standards during summer 2017.

Recently Updated Standards
  • Fine Arts
    • ​In 2016, the State Board convened a review committee composed of Tennessee educators to revise the state’s Fine Arts standards. The State Board of Education unanimously approved new Tennessee Academic Standards for Fine Arts Education on final reading at the October 2016 Board meeting.
    • Click here to view the Tennessee Academic Standards for Fine Arts Education.
    • The first year of implementation will be the 2018-2019 school year. 
  • Health
    • ​​A committee of K-12 health education teachers, higher education faculty, and coordinated school health coordinators worked to revise the Health Education and Lifetime Wellness standards starting in the fall of 2015. The State Board of Education unanimously approved the Tennessee Academic Standards for Health Education and Lifetime Wellness Standards on final reading at the October 2016 Board meeting.
    • Click here to view the Tennessee Academic Standards for Health Education and Lifetime Wellness Standards.
    • The first year of implementation will be the 2018-2019 school year. 
  • Physical Education (PE)
    • ​​A committee of K-12 physical education teachers, higher education faculty, and coordinated school health coordinators worked to revise the physical education standards starting in the summer of 2015. The State Board of Education unanimously approved the Tennessee Academic Standards for Physical Education on final reading at the July 2016 Board meeting.
    • Click here to view the Tennessee Academic Standards for Physical Education.
    • The first year of implementation will be the 2017-2018 school year.
  • School Counseling Model and Standards
    • The revisions to the counseling standards occurred over the course of a year. The following stakeholders provided input and feedback during the revision of the model and standards: hundreds of practicing Tennessee counselors, Tennessee School Counseling Advisory Council members, Tennessee School Counselor Association, Tennessee Association of Counseling Educators and Supervisors, National Consortium for School Counseling and Postsecondary Success, postsecondary partners, and pre-service school counseling preparation programs. The following teams at the Tennessee Department of Education were also crucial in the standards' development: Student Readiness and Early Postsecondary, Coordinated School Health, Special Populations, Safe and Supportive Schools, and Career and Technical Education. The State Board of Education unanimously approved the School Counseling Model and Standards on final reading at the October 2016 Board meeting.
    • Click here to view the School Counseling Model and Standards.
    • The first year of implementation will be the 2018-2019 school year.
Career and Technical Education

On Jan. 27, 2017, the State Board of Education approved new and revised CTE course standards on first reading for courses within the Advanced Manufacturing, Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, Architecture, Arts, Audio/Visual Technology, & Communication, Business Management & Administration, Education & Training, Health Science, Hospitality & Tourism, Human Services, Information Technology, STEM, and Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics career clusters. These standards have been revised in collaboration with Tennessee teachers, postsecondary partners, and industry representatives. Pending the Board's final approval in April, these new standards will go into effect in the 2017-18 school year.

Between first and final reading, a public comment period is held for educators and all interested parties to provide feedback and suggestions on the standards. We encourage all CTE teachers and administrators to participate in this process. Your continued feedback is vital to ensuring that we provide the most rigorous, relevant educational experience for our students. Comments may be directed to CTE.Questions@tn.gov. The public comment period will close on Friday, March 3.

The standards are located below.
Advanced Manufacturing
Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources
Architecture & Construction
Arts, Audio/Visual Technology, & Communications
Business Management & Administration
Education & Training
Health Science
Hospitality & Tourism
Human Services
Information Technology
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics
 

Statewide Dual Credit

On Jan. 27, 2017, the State Board of Education approved the standards for one new statewide dual credit courses on first reading. This course, Introduction to Sociology is designed as an advanced high school course that is aligned to postsecondary standards and can be taught at the high school by high school faculty for high school credit. Students who meet or exceed the established cut score set for the cumulative challenge exam earn credits which can be applied to any public postsecondary institution in Tennessee. These standards have been created in conjunction with Tennessee high school teachers and postsecondary faculty. Pending the board's final approval in April, these new standards will go into effect in the 2017-18 school year.

Between first and final reading, a public comment period is held for educators and all interested parties to provide feedback and suggestions on the standards. We encourage all agriculture teachers and faculty to participate in this process. Your continued feedback is vital to ensuring that we provide the most rigorous, relevant educational experience for our students. Comments may be directed to Early.Postsecondary@tn.gov. The public comment period will close on Friday, March 3.

The standards are located below.
Introduction to Sociology