• State Board of Education Approves New Tennessee Academic Standards for Social Studies

    Friday, July 28, 2017 | 10:50am

    Today, the State Board of Education voted unanimously on final reading to approve new, Tennessee-specific academic standards for social studies.

    The new Tennessee Academic Standards for Social Studies will be implemented in classrooms in the 2019-20 school year. This multi-year, comprehensive review involved teams of Tennessee educators, subject matter experts, higher education faculty, state history and geography organizations, and multiple public comment opportunities, ensuring that all Tennesseans had a voice throughout the process.

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  • State Board of Education to Vote on Proposed Social Studies Standards

    Wednesday, July 26, 2017 | 10:47am

    The State Board of Education will hear and discuss revisions to the proposed draft of Tennessee Academic Standards for Social Studies at its July 27th workshop. The standards will be voted on final consideration the following day, July 28th.

    The K-12 social studies standards were first considered in April 2017. Between first and final reading, the draft standards were revised according to feedback received from a variety of stakeholders and to align with recent legislative action affecting social studies. The 110th Tennessee General Assembly passed the Senator Douglas Henry Tennessee History Act, mandating that a Tennessee history course be taught in grades K-12. This legislative action, Public Chapter 482, prompted further changes to the draft standards.

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  • State Board of Education to Hear Proposed Social Studies Standards

    Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | 9:56am

    NASHVILLE – The State Board of Education will hear and discuss the proposed draft of Tennessee Academic Standards for Social Studies at its April 20th workshop. The standards will be voted on first consideration the following day, April 21st.

    Members of the Standards Recommendation Committee (SRC), appointed by the Governor, Lt. Governor, and Speaker of the House of Representatives and confirmed by the General Assembly, will present the proposed draft to the Board following an intensive and transparent multi-year review process. SRC members Mr. Jason Roach, Mr. Todd Wigginton, and Mr. Bill Carey will share their perspectives on the SRC’s recommendations and join a discussion of the standards as part of the board’s workshop on April 20th.

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  • State Board Launches Newly Designed Teacher Preparation Report Card

    Thursday, December 15, 2016 | 10:30am

    Today, the State Board of Education, in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education and Tennessee Higher Education Commission, launched a newly redesigned Teacher Preparation Report Card showing how Tennessee colleges and universities that offer education programs and other teacher preparation providers are training new teachers for success in Tennessee’s classrooms.

    “Tennessee is the fastest improving state in the nation for student achievement. But to hold this trajectory, we must continue to ensure high expectations for students, schools, and teachers, including how we train and prepare our newest teachers,” said Dr. Sara Heyburn Morrison, the executive director of the State Board of Education. “This redesigned Report Card offers important, user-friendly information about how we are preparing teachers for classroom success.”

    The 2016 Teacher Preparation Report Card is a tool for use by local school districts, Tennessee’s many teacher preparation providers, and aspiring teachers. It includes multiple measures to offer an overall picture of a college, university, or preparation provider’s success in meeting Tennessee’s goals for instructing effective teachers.

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  • State Board Approves New Tennessee Fine Arts Standards

    Friday, October 14, 2016 | 3:07pm

    NASHVILLE – The State Board of Education voted unanimously on final reading to approve new, Tennessee-specific academic standards for fine arts.

    A public review of the Fine Arts standards began in winter of 2016, which included the collection of stakeholder feedback as well as revision work by current Tennessee educators. The new K-12 Tennessee Academic Standards for Fine Arts were then heard on first reading at the July 2016 State Board of Education meeting.

    These rigorous standards set grade-specific goals for what students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of a given grade or course. Tennessee requires visual art and music instruction for grades K-8 and one full credit of fine arts for high school graduation. Many students elect to focus concentration on sequential course offerings in multiple arts disciplines, including visual arts, dance, media arts, theater, and vocal and instrumental music.

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  • Social Studies Review Timeline Extended

    Wednesday, October 12, 2016 | 2:30pm

    NASHVILLE – The Social Studies Standards Recommendation Committee (SRC) voted today to extend the review timeline for social studies. The new timeline now includes a longer public comment period. All Tennesseans will be able to review the proposed draft of K-12 social studies standards through December 15 at https://apps.tn.gov/tcas/.

    The new timeline will also include additional SRC meetings to ensure this legislatively appointed committee is able to continue to hear feedback and propose additional changes to the initial draft standards.

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  • State Board Seeks Public Review of Revised Social Studies Standards

    Thursday, September 15, 2016 | 3:24pm

    NASHVILLE – Today, the State Board of Education launched a public review website, https://apps.tn.gov/tcas/, to gather feedback on Tennessee’s newly revised K-12 social studies standards. This is the first time the social studies standards, recently revised by Tennessee educators, will be available for public review.  

    All Tennesseans are invited to review each social studies standard by grade level and provide comments, as well as any suggestions for changes, through October 28, 2016.

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  • State Board Approves New Tennessee Math and English Language Arts Standards

    Friday, April 15, 2016 | 4:29pm

    NASHVILLE – Today, the State Board of Education voted unanimously on final reading to approve new, Tennessee-specific academic standards for Mathematics and English language arts.

    A multi-year public review culminated in a six month rigorous revision process led by the Standards Recommendation Committee (SRC), whose members were appointed by the Governor, Lt. Governor, and Speaker of the House of Representatives and confirmed by the General Assembly. The new K-12 Tennessee Academic Standards for mathematics and ELA standards were then heard on first reading at the January 2016 State Board of Education meeting.

    These rigorous 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.

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  • State Board Seeks Public Feedback on New Science Standards

    Wednesday, April 06, 2016 | 2:26pm

    Today, the Tennessee State Board of Education launched the science standards review website, https://apps.tn.gov/tcas/, to collect public feedback on Tennessee’s newly revised grade K-12 science standards. This is the first time the revised science standards, recently improved by Tennessee educators, will be available for public review.

    The K-12 science 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.

    This is the second opportunity for every Tennessean to log in online, review each specific science standard by grade level, and provide comments and make suggestions for changes.

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  • State Board Launches Social Studies Standards Public Review Website

    Friday, January 22, 2016 | 1:14pm

    NASHVILLE – This week the Tennessee State Board of Education launched a review website, https://apps.tn.gov/tcas/, to collect public feedback on Tennessee’s grade K-12 social studies standards. This is the first of two public review periods for the social studies standards.

    The social studies standards set grade-specific instructional standards that exemplify what students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of a given grade or course. The current social studies standards were approved in 2013 and first implemented in the 2014-15 school year.

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  • State Board Releases 2015 Teacher Training Program Report Card

    Wednesday, December 02, 2015 | 10:16am

    The State Board of Education released The 2015 Report Card on the Effectiveness of Teacher Training Programs in Tennessee.

    In recent years, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) facilitated the data collection, design, and publication of the report card. Beginning this year, the State Board of Education, in partnership with the Department of Education, will take on the responsibility of issuing the report card.

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  • Tennessee State Board of Education Congratulates Teacher and School Leaders on Incredible NAEP Gains

    Wednesday, October 28, 2015 | 3:18pm

    Dr. Sara Heyburn, executive director of the State Board of Education, today congratulated the state's teachers, principals, students, parents, and other educators for the extraordinary gains that Tennessee has achieved over the past four years in student achievement, as measured by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which compares student performance of all 50 states and the District of Columbia in math and reading in the 4th and 8th grades.

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  • State Board Seeks Public Comment on New Math and English Language Arts Standards

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015 | 3:13pm

    NASHVILLE – Today, the Tennessee State Board of Education launched the review website, https://apps.tn.gov/tcas/ to collect public feedback on Tennessee’s newly revised grade K-12 math and English language arts (ELA) standards. This is the first time the revised math and ELA standards, recently improved by Tennessee educators after earlier public input, will be available for public review. The new standards will be available for feedback online through mid-November.

    The revised math and ELA standards, developed by expert educator advisory teams throughout the summer, 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.

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