The State Board is charged in state law with adopting academic standards for Tennessee every six years. The timeline for math standards review has been revised in order to align the textbook and instructional material adoption cycle. The proposed standards went before the State Board for final approval in February 2021 and will be implemented in schools for the 2023-24 school year.
The initial public review and feedback survey for the 2019-20 review was open from November 12, 2019 to December 6, 2019. Over 33,382 responses were submitted during the initial survey window. Teams of Tennessee educators reviewed the initial public feedback over a three-month span as the math academic standards were updated line-by-line. A second public review period opened May 4, 2020 and closed on May 22, 2020. This survey window garnered an additional 40,000 responses from Tennesseans.
Before the standards were approved by the State Board, the Standards Recommendation Committee conducted a thorough review. Members of this committee are selected by the governor, speaker of the House of Representatives, and the lieutenant governor/speaker of the Senate.
A first reading of the revised core math academic standards was heard at the State Board of Education's November 2020 quarterly meeting. The revised math academic standards were approved at the February 2021 quarterly meeting. The State Board is now working to revise the fourth-year math courses. Fourth-year math courses first went under public review in August 2021. The second round of public feedback opened on January 31, 2022 and closed on February 27, 2022.
Educators will prepare to implement the all new math standards during the 2022-23 school year for full implementation during the 2023-24 school year.
The math academic standards will next be reviewed starting in Fall 2026.
If you have any questions about the standards review process, please contact TNStandards.Review@tn.gov.