Civics Assessments

The Project-Based Assessment

T.C.A. § 49-6-1028 requires a project-based assessment in civics at least once in grades four through eight (4-8) and at least once in grades nine through twelve (9-12). The project-based assessment is designed to measure the civics learning objectives contained in the social studies standards and to demonstrate understanding and relevance of public policy, the structure of federal, state and local governments and both the Tennessee and the United States constitutions. All districts are required to submit their compliance by May 15, 2017, for the 2016-17 school year on the following form:

https://stateoftennessee.formstack.com/forms/pbacivics_assessment_201617

The Civics (Citizenship) Test

T.C.A. § 49-6-408A requires that students must pass the United States citizenship and immigration test with a 70% during the student’s high school career (i.e. grades nine through twelve). Schools in which all seniors earning a regular diploma also earn a passing grade 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 by June 15, 2017, for their graduating seniors of 2017 on the following form:

https://stateoftennessee.formstack.com/forms/civics_test_201617

In response to questions we've received regarding civics requirements, the department has developed a civics document (here) to capture frequently asked questions.

For further information, contact Kadie.Patterson@tn.gov