Per state law (T.C.A. § 49-6-1028), all districts must ensure that a project-based civics assessment is given at least once in grades 4–8 and once in grades 9–12. The project-based civics assessments are developed by the district to ensure students are being taught the learning objectives contained within the social studies curriculum as well as to demonstrate understanding of civics. All districts must complete the compliance form by May 15.
Per state law (T.C.A. § 49-6-408A), students must participate in the United States citizenship and immigration test during the student’s high school career. All public high school students, including the class of 2017, are expected to participate in the civics test; however, a passing grade is not a requirement for graduation. Schools in which all seniors earning a regular diploma also earn a passing grade (70 percent or higher) on the U.S. civics test will be recognized by the department as a U.S. Civics All-Star School. All districts are required to submit their compliance form by June 15 for their graduating seniors of 2017.