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 Standards Review webpage to learn more about standards review. 

Current Standards

The State Board approved the current science standards on final reading in October 2016. These science standards will be in effect until the 2025-2026 school year. For more information on the previous review cycles and other subjects, check out the Standards Review Cycles document here.

For more information from the Tennessee Department of Education, check out their website here


The State Board approved new social studies standards on final reading in October 2022. These standards will go into effect starting in the 2025-2026 school year. For more information on the new standards, check out the resources below.

Additional questions about the science standards review process can be directed to