Parents & Community

About Tennessee’s State English Language Arts
and Mathematics Standards

Tennessee’s English language arts and mathematics standards are a set of clear standards for math and English Language Arts that were developed to ensure every student graduates high school prepared for college or the workforce.

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Key Terms

  >  Common Core State Standards
  >  Standards & Curriculum

  • Parent Information Toolkit
    Developed by the Tennessee Department of Education to help parents understand the new standards.
  • Parent Guides for the Tennessee State Standards in English Language Arts and Math
    Developed by national organizations to provide parents with guidance to support their child’s learning.
  • What Parents Should Know
    From the Common Core state Standards initiative website.

About Standards and Assessment

In the 2014-15 school year, the current Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) tests in math and English language arts for grades 3-11, will continue. Additionally, students in grades 3-11 will take an online writing assessment.

The department has created a two-page 2014-15 Assessment Information document for parents available here.

For more information on assessment, please visit the Tennessee Department of Education’s Assessment webpage here.

Supports for Students

  • Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI)
    The Tennessee Department of Education is committed to helping all children succeed. There are many ways to help children who are struggling to learn and who need additional supports to be successful. Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI²) is one form of support.
  • Special Populations information for Parents & Communities
    Resources and information on how the implementation of the standards and transition to assessments written to the standards will impact students with disabilities and English language learners.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Collection of answers to commonly asked questions from educators, parents and community members.

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