English Language Arts

The State Board of Education is charged with conducting a review of all sets of academic standards at a minimum of every six years. In October 2014, Governor Haslam announced the creation of a standards review website that would be open to the public to review and offer feedback on what Tennessee students should know and be able to do by the end of each K-12 school year in both mathematics and English language arts (ELA). At the time of that announcement, the Governor laid out a process for review. As part of this process, the State Board of Education was charged with overseeing a transparent, comprehensive review of math and ELA standards that would culminate in replacement of Common Core State Standards with rigorous Tennessee Education Standards.

The public website opened in November 2014 through April 2015. Thousands of people responded to the draft standards resulting in 131,424 reviews and 20,344 comments. After the data was compiled, it was sent to the math and ELA Educator Advisory Teams. The educators that comprised these two teams reviewed every individual standard and revised them using the public feedback and their content expertise.

Through this process, they created a new draft of Tennessee-specific standards, which was reposted to the website for a second period of public feedback in October 2015.  The second posting of the review website for math and ELA standards closed on December 1, 2015. Throughout Fall 2015, the Standards Recommendation Committee (SRC) — appointed by the Governor, Lt. Governor, and Speaker of the House of Representatives — solicited feedback from across the state through regional meetings and roundtables with educators, parents, the higher education community, and other stakeholders.

The SRC used all of the feedback collected via the website and roundtables to guide their final recommendations for additional standards revisions. In January 2016, the SRC approved the new Tennessee academic standards and presented the new standards to the State Board for their first reading. The standards were heard on final reading at the April 2016 Board meeting. After the standards were approved, the 2016-2017 school year was used to train Tennessee’s educators on the new standards. In the 2017-2018 school year, the new math and ELA standards were implemented.

You can view both sets of standards below. 

For additional information on English language arts, you may wish to vist the Tennessee Department of Education's website.

A comprehensive timeline of the math and ELA review process is available below:

               Date                               Action  
November 2014 - April 2015 First phase of public feedback website is open  
Summer 2015 Educator development teams create a draft of new standards after reviewing public feedback; Standards Recommendation Committee is appointed  
October 2015 Revised standards are posted for second phase of public feedback  
October - December 2015 Standards Recommendation Committee begins review; Second phase of public feedback continues  
December 2015 Standards Recommendation Committee finalizes recommendations  
January 2016 Standards Recommendation Committee presents new standards to the State Board for first reading  
April 2016 Standards Recommendation Committee presents new standards to the State Board for final reading  
2016 - 2017 Training and professional development for teachers  
2017 - 2018 First year of implementation of new standards and assessment  


Math and English language arts Standards Recommendation Committee

Dr. Lyle Ailshie - Chair
Mr. David Pickler - Vice Chair
Dr. Shirley Curry
Ms. Shannon Duncan
Ms. Darcie Finch
Ms. Tracy Franklin
Ms. Amy Gullion
Mr. Doug Hungate
Ms. Cathy Kolb
Dr. Sharen Cypress

Past Meeting Minutes:

Additional questions about the math and ELA standards review process can be directed to TNStandards.Review@tn.gov