The State Board of Education is charged with conducting a review of all sets of academic standards at a minimum of every six years. Following a similar review process as the math and English language arts standards, a public review website was created to gather feedback and comments on the science standards.
The science standards, developed by a committee of Tennessee science educators throughout last year, set grade-specific goals that exemplify what students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of a given grade or course. The review website was launched to collect public feedback on Tennessee’s grade K-12 science standards in the fall of 2015. This highly transparent and comprehensive review process was an opportunity for every Tennessean to log in online, review each specific standard by grade level, and provide comments and make suggestions for changes.
Once the data was collected from the public, it was aggregated and given to a team of educators to review the feedback and revise the standards, which was posted for a second round of review in spring 2016.
In the spring of 2016, a Science Standards Recommendation Committee (SRC) was appointed by the Governor, Lt. Governor, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The SRC reviewed the revised science standards before making their recommendation to the State Board of Education for adoption. The SRC presented the standards on first reading at the July 2016 Board meeting. The State Board of Education unanimously approved the new Tennessee Academic Standards for Science on final reading at the October 14, 2016 Board meeting.
Additional questions about the science standards review process can be directed to TNStandards.Review@tn.gov.