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Tennessee Curriculum and Assessments

September 17, 2015

Please note: This article was originally published on 9/17/2015. Information and/or dates from past events may be not be relevant for the current school year.

What is the curriculum?

Tennessee academic standards are accessible on the state’s web site please visit:

The CMCSS Curriculum Navigator is a resource for parents and community members to access the Tennessee State Standards. Tennessee schools use these standards in developing lesson plans for students.

On the Curriculum Navigator, you are able to view the standards across grade levels and core content areas. Parents and community members can see how each student’s daily instruction is aligned with achieving a deep understanding of the respective content area.


You simply click on the respective grade level/content area and are immediately able to access your student’s standards for the respective classes.


How will the Tennessee Standards be assessed?


Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, the state will provide a new and improved TCAP test for English language arts and math in grades 3-11. It will provide us with more and better information about our students’ progress. The new TCAP tests are designed to assess true student understanding and not just basic memorization and test-taking skills.


The new TCAP will measure student understanding of our current state standards in English language arts and math, not the previous Student Performance Indicators (SPIs).


Now that the state has decided to not test students online, students will have increased paper and pencil practice opportunities during class.