The purpose of our curriculum frameworks is to specify what all students should know or be able to do at the completion of a particular grade level or course; to spell out graduation performance requirements; and to provide basis for developing the state assessment system.

Tennessee has adopted the Common Core State Standards to prepare students with the most important knowledge and skills to attain higher education or careers and compete in an increasingly competitive work environment. These standards will emphasize critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity. The transition will also include new assessments that will give students, parents, and educators better information about college- and career-readiness based on performance beyond multiple-choice tests. The state will have fully implemented the standards in 2014-2015, which is the first year the new exams will be given.

The transition to new standards gives us the opportunity to revisit our instructional practice to support growth for all students. Effective teaching requires continuous improvement, and the Tennessee Department of Education is committed to providing educators with resources and information throughout this transition to support reflection and spark meaningful conversation about teaching and learning. The TNCore website is designed to be the primary hub for information about Tennessee’s Common Core implementation and a portal to resources from educators across the state and across the country.  There is a section on Common Core Overview for Parents located on the right side of the page on the TNCore website.

For more information on Tennessee’s current curriculum standards, the Common Core State Standards, and many other curriculum areas, we have included a section of relevant links that will be of assistance.

We hope that this Curriculum page will be helpful for our Scott County educators and also our parents.

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