For guidance with implementing the science standards, please consult the User’s Guide to the Tennessee Science Curriculum Framework.

For assistance with scheduling consult the High School Course Descriptions and the High School Sequence Chart.

Science academic standards can be accessed using the menus below.

K-8 Standards

The State Board of Education (SBE) has the authority to adopt academic standards for each subject area in grades K-12. Click on the course title/ grade level to view a description of the course and the standards adopted by the SBE. View the academic standards guidelines adopted by the state board.

High School Standards

The SBE sets the requirements for high school graduation. Per SBE Rule, students must achieve three high school level units of science in order to graduate with a high school diploma, including Biology I, either Chemistry or Physics, and one additional laboratory science course. View a list of the courses required for high school graduation.

Advanced Placement

Instructional Resources

For curricular resources related to the Literacy Standards for science, please visit

Literacy in Science

Tennessee’s state standards for English language arts (ELA) include a subset of literacy standards for teachers of history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. These literacy standards do not change the subject-area content, which will continue to be governed by Tennessee standards for each subject. Rather, the literacy standards provide expectations for how students will read and write in those courses. By incorporating more reading of complex informational text, holding students accountable to that reading through text-based discussion and giving students text-based argumentative and expository writing assignments, teachers will do the following:

  • Support school-wide literacy efforts;
  • Help prepare students for the literacy demands they will face in college and career, including the specialized reading and writing procedures of the relevant discipline; and
  • Reinforce students’ learning of subject-area content.

View the literacy standards for science.

Last Update: August 14, 2014