In Tennessee the state board of education only adopted the English and mathematics Common Core standards. The standards for all other subjects are home-grown Tennessee created standards.

Education is, and should be, a state and local issue. Like other states, Tennessee’s Constitution provides that each student shall be provided a taxpayer funded education. The state board of education in Tennessee, like other states, has clearly stated, minimum educational standards for what students must be taught each year on a grade level by grade level basis.

The standards are not curriculum. The standards are not
textbooks. But rather, the standards
state what students will be taught and indeed shall be taught concerning a particular
subject for their given grade level.

So how does it all work together? The standards are the minimum of what will be taught in a given grade. Textbook companies use the state standards to develop textbooks to teach the concepts in the standards. The state textbook commission reviews textbooks submitted by textbook companies in order to ensure that each standard is covered in the books. The local school districts choose textbooks from the list of approved books or they find textbooks on their own. Annually, we learn how well students were taught the standards by use of a standardized test. And lastly, the Tennessee Value Added Assessment System (TVASS) reviews the tests to learn if students have shown growth in their educational progress.

So how does it all work together? The standards are the minimum of what will be taught in a given grade. Textbook companies use the state standards to develop textbooks to teach the concepts in the standards. The state textbook commission reviews textbooks submitted by textbook companies in order to ensure that each standard is covered in the books. The local school districts choose textbooks from the list of approved books or they find textbooks on their own. Annually, we learn how well students were taught the standards by use of a standardized test. And lastly, the Tennessee Value Added Assessment System (TVASS) reviews the tests to learn if students have shown growth in their educational progress.

Much like building codes which define the minimum standards for
constructing a safe dwelling; state education standards are only a minimum
standard. However, this minimum provides
a degree of assurance that students will receive equal protection of the law and
equal opportunity in content. And of course, some schools and talented teachers teach
above the state minimum education standards - we all strive to live in districts that do that.

The good thing about standards is that each year parents can review the standards in order to understand what their child will be taught, and at the end of the year, in addition to standardized testing results, parents can gauge for themselves whether their child learned what the standards prescribe.

The good thing about standards is that each year parents can review the standards in order to understand what their child will be taught, and at the end of the year, in addition to standardized testing results, parents can gauge for themselves whether their child learned what the standards prescribe.

In Tennessee, as in many states, the state education standards
are created by the state board of education much the same as all state government rules under which we as
citizens of the state are required to live; they are created with input from citizens
and interested organizations. After
creation, the standards are publicly adopted, recorded and put into practice.

Every so often, the state education standards are unpacked, reviewed and updated. Tennessee’s standards are in their third state of revision.

Every so often, the state education standards are unpacked, reviewed and updated. Tennessee’s standards are in their third state of revision.

Revision usually produces controversy but this time there is
a lot of upset because the state board of education chose do away with
Tennessee’s current standards for English and mathematics

*(which were a combination of home grown standards for the lower grades and standards called the Tennessee Diploma Project (adopted in '09) for high school)*, and instead the state DOE adopted standards called Common Core Education Standards. Common Core was not developed by the Tennessee Board of Education, et al. but rather by three national organizations through a joint effort that took several years.
In reality, it is not uncommon to create legislation, rules or policy
by using some sort of prepared template written by a public policy group. In fact, it happens all the time, and several national non-profit
organizations exist solely to bring legislators, industry leaders, community members
and others together to work out legislative proposals in order to provide
solutions to common issues among the states.

The Common Core standards were created as a joint project of
three non-profit organizations; Achieve Inc., the National Governors
Association, and the Council of Chief State Schools Officers.

About Achieve Inc.

There is a good timeline for the development of the Common
Core Standards on Achieve’s website above.

Below are the Common Core standards for your reading. Tennessee reviewed them by committee before adoption but I am unsure if they were changed. I am told that generally they are much the same as you will find on the links I have provided below. I copied and pasted them here but if any of the links are broken please let me know by commenting and I will fix them. Also, if you see anything disturbing please let me know. I have read through them myself. I am not an educator so I do not know if they should be considered rigorous but please let me know what you find.

A complaint about the old standards is that they were too specific - not open ended at all - so "teaching to the test" was a real problem. See what you think of these new standards for English and mathematics and feel free to comment.

Below are the Common Core standards for your reading. Tennessee reviewed them by committee before adoption but I am unsure if they were changed. I am told that generally they are much the same as you will find on the links I have provided below. I copied and pasted them here but if any of the links are broken please let me know by commenting and I will fix them. Also, if you see anything disturbing please let me know. I have read through them myself. I am not an educator so I do not know if they should be considered rigorous but please let me know what you find.

A complaint about the old standards is that they were too specific - not open ended at all - so "teaching to the test" was a real problem. See what you think of these new standards for English and mathematics and feel free to comment.

Common Core Mathematics Standards

**Introduction****Counting & Cardinality****Operations & Algebraic Thinking****Number & Operations in Base Ten****Measurement & Data****Geometry**

**Introduction****Operations & Algebraic Thinking****Number & Operations in Base Ten****Measurement & Data****Geometry**

**Introduction****Operations & Algebraic Thinking****Number & Operations in Base Ten****Measurement & Data****Geometry**

**Introduction****Operations & Algebraic Thinking****Number & Operations in Base Ten****Number & Operations—Fractions¹****Measurement & Data****Geometry**

**Introduction****Operations & Algebraic Thinking****Number & Operations in Base Ten¹****Introduction****Operations & Algebraic Thinking****Number & Operations in Base Ten****Number & Operations—Fractions****Measurement & Data****Geometry**

**Introduction****Ratios & Proportional Relationships****The Number System****Expressions & Equations****Geometry****Statistics & Probability**

**Introduction****Ratios & Proportional Relationships****The Number System****Expressions & Equations****Geometry****Statistics & Probability**

**Introduction****The Real Number System****Quantities*****The Complex Number System****Vector & Matrix Quantities**

**Introduction****Seeing Structure in Expressions****Arithmetic with Polynomials & Rational Expressions****Creating Equations**^{✭}**Reasoning with Equations & Inequalities**

**Mathematics Glossary**

**Common Core English Standards**

### Reading: Literature

- Introduction for K-5
- Kindergarten
- Grade 1
- Grade 2
- Grade 3
- Grade 4
- Grade 5
- Introduction for 6-12
- Grade 6
- Grade 7
- Grade 8
- Grade 9-10
- Grade 11-12

### Reading: Informational Text

- Kindergarten
- Grade 1
- Grade 2
- Grade 3
- Grade 4
- Grade 5
- Introduction for 6-12
- Grade 6
- Grade 7
- Grade 8
- Grade 9-10
- Grade 11-12

### Reading: Foundational Skills

### Writing

- Introduction
- Kindergarten
- Grade 1
- Grade 2
- Grade 3
- Grade 4
- Grade 5
- Introduction for 6-12
- Grade 6
- Grade 7
- Grade 8
- Grade 9-10
- Grade 11-12

### Speaking & Listening

- Introduction
- Kindergarten
- Grade 1
- Grade 2
- Grade 3
- Grade 4
- Grade 5
- Introduction for 6-12
- Grade 6
- Grade 7
- Grade 8
- Grade 9-10
- Grade 11-12

### Language

- Introduction for K-5
- Kindergarten
- Grade 1
- Grade 2
- Grade 3
- Grade 4
- Grade 5
- Introduction for 6-12
- Grade 6
- Grade 7
- Grade 8
- Grade 9-10
- Grade 11-12

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