Tennessee has adopted the Common Core State Standards to prepare students with the most important knowledge and skills to attain higher education or careers and compete in an increasingly competitive work environment. These standards will emphasize critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity. The transition will also include new assessments that will give students, parents and educators better information about college- and career-readiness based on performance beyond multiple-choice tests. The state will have fully implemented the standards in 2014-15, which is the first year the new exams will be given.
The transition to new standards gives us the opportunity to revisit our instructional practice to support growth for all students. Effective teaching requires continuous improvement, and the Tennessee Department of Education is committed to providing educators with resources and information throughout this transition to support reflection and spark meaningful conversation about teaching and learning. The TNCore website is designed to be the primary hub for information about Tennessee’s Common Core implementation and a portal to resources from educators across the state and across the country.
Information on Tennessee’s current curriculum standards for various academic areas can also be found online. They are listed, by course, below:
After receiving feedback and insight from educators in Tennessee and reviewing national exemplars in social studies education and two sets of draft standards, the State Board of Education approved on second read the new social studies standards on July 26, 2013. These standards will begin in the 2014-15 school year. Teachers with a history 7-12 endorsement or a heography 7-12 endorsement will be qualified to teach both the U.S. history and heography course and world history and geography course starting in 2014-15.
During the 2013-14 year teachers will continue to teach the current social studies standards. There will be social studies TCAP and EOC exams during the 2013-14 school year, and the tests will continue to be based on the current state performance indicators (SPIs). The results of social studies assessments are not a component of the school and district accountability measures; however, the assessments are included in social studies teachers’ TVAAS effect scores. The 2013-14 school year will be the final year of testing based on the previous SPIs. The department will provide more information on the social studies assessments for the 2014-15 school year and subsequent school years; this information will be released in the coming months.
Tennessee's social studies standards are the result of looking to the best social studies standards in the nation. The curriculum standards of Massachusetts, California, Washington D.C., Alabama, Virginia, the American Psychological Association and others served as a model for Tennessee's revisions. The final product is heavily indebted to the exemplary work of source states and organizations. Educators in Tennessee were involved in the writing and revisions of the standards throughout the process. Their feedback was instrumental in the development of the new standards.
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Additionally, Tennessee is committed to aligning its course offerings with career and higher education opportunities available for students. Through the Career & Technical Education division, the state offers pathways tied to the following 16 career clusters: