State Reviews Science Standards

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This week the Tennessee State Board of Education launched a review website, https://apps.tn.gov/tcas/ to collect public feedback on Tennessee's grade 3-12 science standards.

The science standards, developed by a committee of Tennessee science educators throughout last year, set grade-specific goals that exemplify what students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of a given grade or course.

"We are excited to open the science standards review process in order to gather valuable stakeholder feedback," said Sara Heyburn, Executive Director of the Tennessee State Board of Education.

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This highly transparent and comprehensive review process is an opportunity for every Tennessean to log in online, review each specific standard by grade level and provide comments and make suggestions for changes.

Once data has been collected from the public, it will be aggregated and given to a team of educators to review and revise the standards, which will be posted for a second round of review in spring 2016.

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The revised standards will be reviewed by a Standards Recommendation Committee, appointed by the Governor, Lt. Governor, and Speaker of the House, which will then propose the changes to the State Board of Education in July 2016. The revised standards will be implemented in the 2018-19 school year.

Last October, Gov. Haslam introduced a similar review process online, in partnership with the State Board, for the state's English language arts and math standards. This process was codified by the General Assembly in HB 1035. The review website was available for six months for public feedback before the data was sent to an advisory committee. For more information, please visit http://tn.gov/sbe/topic/standards-review.

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