Tennessee's Mathematics Standards

Mathematics standards for instruction apply to all mathematics courses in all grades K-12.  Standards set high expectations for all students to ensure that Tennessee graduates are prepared for the rigorous demands of mathematical understanding for college and career. The standards are posted on the Tennessee Department of Education’s website here: Mathematics Standards 

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Some districts have expressed interest in exploring the integrated pathway. The Tennessee State Board of Education has approved standards in the integrated and traditional pathways. Districts will have the choice of which pathway to implement with Tennessee’s state standards beginning in the 2014-15 school year. The department will continue to gather information about the implications of the integrated pathway for accountability and value-added scores. We look forward to having conversations with districts interested in exploring the integrated pathway.

Traditional Integrated

Fluency in Mathematics

Accelerating Students in Mathematics


The Tennessee Department of Education has released a memo (available here) intended to support schools and districts when making decisions for appropriate placement of students in mathematics courses. Districts will continue to have authority to make decisions and set policy at the local level to determine how to best accelerate students in their mathematics course of study. This memo provides information to consider on a range of issues related to course sequencing in mathematics. Common questions addressed in the memo:
  • What does a pathway look like to reach calculus?
  • Can students skip a grade?
  • Which assessment will students take if they are accelerated?
Standards for suggested compacted courses are included as appendices within the memo to ensure there are no gaps in content or the development of critical skills and understandings unique to the middle grades for students who take Algebra I in middle school.

Understanding the Pathways for high school Mathematics

This document provides answers to the most frequently asked questions about the high school pathways for mathematics.

2013-14 standards tables

These documents show the standards for each grade level in categories. SPIs are divided into Dropped content, Focus content, and Other content. The Common Core State Standards are grouped into Focus content (four Focus Clusters per grade level) and Other/Supporting content. The rows of the tables show the Common Core State Standards and related SPIs.

Challenges and Opportunities Video

Members of Tennessee’s Common Core Leadership Council share their vision at Core Coach training