Tennessee First to the Top

Standards & Assessments

Tennessee is working to help students reach higher levels of proficiency.

We'll achieve higher levels of proficiency on national assessments and new state assessments through adoption of the Common Core State Standards, introduction of aligned assessments, and professional development activities that support both with the ultimate goal of graduating every child college- and career-ready.

Common Core State Standards

Tennessee is well down the road of implementing college- and career-ready, internationally benchmarked standards. The State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards in math and English/Language Arts in July 2010. This is an initiative led by the states designed to create a common core of state standards that is relevant and reflects the knowledge and skills young people need for success in college and the workforce.

For more information on Common Core State Standards, please visit http://www.achieve.org/achievingcommoncore.

For more information on the State Board of Education, please visit www.tn.gov/sbe.

PARCC Consortium

Through the federal government’s Race to the Top fund, the U.S. Department of Education will award $350 million to state consortia for the development of common assessments aligned to the Common Core Standards. Tennessee is one of 26 states that have joined to form the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) consortium, which proposes to:

  • Develop summative assessments in English language arts and mathematics in grades 3 through high school
  • Be computer based, with all participating states moving to online testing by 2014-15
  • Utilize high school assessments that will culminate in college-ready assessments that will certify whether students are prepared for credit-bearing, baccalaureate-level college courses
  • Vertically align 3-8 assessments with secondary-level assessments to ensure coherence and a progression of learning