Standards Review

It benefits our state when all students learn and progress each year to become knowledgeable thinkers, engaged citizens, and valuable community members. Academic standards contribute to that mission by outlining grade or course-level expectations for what students should know and be able to do. 


The State Board of Education is charged under Tennessee statute (T.C.A. § 49-1-311-313) and State Board Policy (Standards Review Policy 3.209) to review and approve the English Language Arts (ELA), math, science, and social studies standards at least every eight years. Each standards review process follows the same almost two-year rigorous, legislatively mandated process to promote collaboration and transparency. This process entails significant public feedback and coordination across educators, state government, and appointed representatives. See the resources below and on the left sidebar to learn more about standards review.  

Additionally, the Tennessee Department of Education reviews other subjects for State Board approval (e.g., CTE and World Language). See State Board Standards Review Policy 3.209 for more details.

Current Review Cycle

  • English Language Arts (ELA) - The State Board will begin reviewing ELA standards in summer 2024 to prepare for implementing the new standards in the 2029-2030 school year. Check back for more information as available and review the resources on this page and the ELA-specific webpage on the left to learn more. 

             ELA Standards Review Timeline

             Current Standards

             Proposed Standards

  • World Language Standards - The Department of Education brought updated world language standards to the State Board on first reading during the 5/31/24 meeting and will bring them back on final reading during the 8/16/24 meeting. If you would like to submit feedback on the proposed standards, please email by June 28, 2024.

             Standards with 5/31/24 Redline Edits

             Proposed Standards


The left sidebar and links below provide additional information on each subject’s standards review process. During each standards revision cycle, our goal is to listen carefully to the people of Tennessee so we can adjust while maintaining the high standards that Tennessee students will need to succeed, both now and in the future. 

For more information regarding standards review, contact