Tennessee's State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards in mathematics 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.

The Common Core State Standards are already closely aligned with Tennessee’s existing Curriculum Standards. Beginning in the fall of 2011, Tennessee schools will begin implementation of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.  The phase-in of these new standards will begin with kindergarten students in 2011-2012, with full K-12 implementation of the Common Core State Standards in 2014.

This page is designed to provide information about the new standards as we begin implementation.

Latest News

TNCORETNCore website launch: The new website,, is now live. Please check it out and share the URL with educators. This website will serve as 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. Please send any Common Core-related questions or requests to A response should be received within 24 hours.

News about the NCLB Waiver:  Tennessee's waiver from NCLB requirements eliminates AYP status determinations and consequences as we have come to know them.  At the heart of the waiver request is a goal to improve the proficiency of Tennessee students by 20 percent over the next five years, with each system's individualized objectives determined by past academic performance.

NCLB Waiver News: TNDOE press release, from The Tennessean, full text of the waiver here
PARCC Assessments (Next generation assessments which become operational in 2014-15)
PARCC In The Classroom (Sample test items, when published, Model Content Frameworks, and other teacher resources)

Focusing on Mathematical Practices-TennesseeTNCore-Math-This site includes information provided by the TN Department of Education related to implementing Math Common Core State Standards

Eight Mathematical Practices- The Standards for Mathematical Practice describe varieties of expertise that mathematics educators at all levels should seek to develop in their students. These practices rest on important “processes and proficiencies” with long-standing importance in mathematics education.

Mathematical Practices-Look Fors in the Classroom- What to "look for" in a classroom successfully implementing the Core Standards

Focusing on Mathematical Practices-Presentation-Understanding the shifts and implications of Common Core State Math Standards

Mathematical Practices Wordle -Mathematical Practices Graphic

Mathematical Practices Posters- Posters describing each of the 8 Mathematical Practices

Core Challenge: Supporting the Mathematical Practices- A collection of resources designed to help increase understanding of the Standards for Mathematical Practice

Grades 3-8 Math Core Focus Standards-In 2012-13 TN teachers will continue to teach the current TDP standards (minus the SPI’s to be dropped from the TCAP). In addition, teachers will also be teaching the TNCore Focus Standards.

List of Dropped SPIs- In the 2012-2013 school year, the math TCAP (grades 3-8) will be slimmed down and narrowed in scope of curricular coverage. We will remove a selection of Tennessee Diploma Project (TDP) State Performance Indicators (SPI’s)—those that are not part of the CCSSM--from the TCAP.

Explanation of SPIs Dropped-The TN Department of Education plans to narrow the focus of the TCAP for the next two school years (2012-13 and 2013-14) by removing 15-25% of the SPIs in each 3-8 grade in mathematics.

Tennessee Curriculum CenterTennessee's one stop resource for all curriculum standards, current and future

Common Core State Standards (CCSS)The nationwide home of the Common Core State Standards

Tennessee Curriculum CenterTennessee's one stop resource for all curriculum standards, current and future

National Resources for CCSS Achieve the Core- Free, high-quality resources for educators doing the hard work of implementing CCSS.

Chief State School Officers- Tools and resources to support Common Core State Standards implementation


Curriculum Crosswalks to CCSSComparisons of current standards with Common Core State Standards

 Common Core State Standards ToolboxMcGraw-Hill Education launched a new Web site – The Common Core State Standards Toolbox for Tennessee — to ease the transition to the Common Core Standards. The site features articles, videos, and content to aid the CCSS transition.

 Common Core State Standards Training ResourcesiTunes U resources