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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 were adopted on final reading at the October 20, 2017, State Board of Education Meetnig.

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 then received public feedback. This transparent and comprehensive review process was an opportunity for any Tennessean to log in online, review each specific standard, and provide comments or suggest changes. The educator team used public feedback for further revisions to the standards.

The State Board approved the standards on first reading in July 2017 and on final reading in October 2017. The standards will be implemented in the 2019-20 school year.

  • 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.

On July 27, 2018, the State Board of Education approved new Computer Science standards for grades K-8.  The standards were proposed by a committee of Tennessee computer science educators, who worked together in Fall 2017 to write the standards document.  The standards can be found here.