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Social Studies

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 K-12 social studies standards. 

The social studies standards 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 launched in the winter of 2015 to collect public feedback on Tennessee’s K-12 social studies standards. 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 first round of public feedback, it was aggregated and given to a team of educators to review and revise the standards during summer 2016. 

The Social Studies Standards Recommendation Committee (SRC) was appointed by the Governor, Lt. Governor, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The SRC began their review of the revised social studies standards in fall 2016. After 10 months of work, the SRC completed their proposed Tennessee Academic Standards for social studies draft. The State Board of Education heard the proposed standards on first consideration at their quarterly April board meeting. In July 2017, the State Board approved the social studies standards on final reading. Click below for the approved Tennessee Academic Standards for Social Studies.

Tennessee Academic Standards for Social Studies

A comprehensive timeline of the social studies review process is available below:

Date Action  
Winter 2015 Public feedback website opens  
Spring 2016 Public feedback website closes  
Summer 2016 Educator advisory teams review website feedback and make initial revisions  
Fall - Winter 2016 Social Studies Standards Recommendation Committee convenes and reviews initial revisions; Revised standards posted on public feedback website for additional review  
Spring 2017 Standards Recommendation Committee presents new standards to the State Board for first reading  
Spring 2017 Revisions made based on State Board feedback  
Summer 2017 State Board considers revisions to the new standards for final reading  
2018 - 2019 Training and professional development for teachers  
2019 - 2020 First year of implementation of new standards and assessment  


Social Studies Standards Recommendation Committee

Mr. Jason Roach - Chair
Mr. William Freddy Curtis - Vice Chair
Mr. David Barrett
Dr. Pamela Bobo
Mr. Bill Carey
Dr. Shannon Duncan
Mr. Louis Gallo
Ms. Katherine Petko
Ms. Marsha Rains
Mr. Todd Wigginton

Past Meeting Minutes:

Additional questions about the social studies standards review process can be directed to