Common Core in Tennessee:
TN Core

The Common Core was fully implemented into Tennessee’s curriculum at the start of the 2013–14 school year. The Tennessee Department of Education is providing teachers with detailed model curricula units for use in their classrooms.

Common Core Implementation Status

1. Teacher Professional Development
2. Curriculum Guides
or Instructional Materials
3. Teacher Evaluation

New Curriculum

State designs frameworks

State provides frameworks

State designs guides

State provides guides

Local districts only

New Assessments

PARCC member

SBAC member

ACT Aspire

Developing own CC-aligned assessments

New Expenditures

New expenditures required to implement the Common Core

Current annual education expenditures

Race to the Top Phase 2 award

(State is a Race to the Top recipient.)

Education Database Status

P-20 development required by state law

State is capable of having a P-20 database

State has access to homeschool students’ data

Potential Impacts on Homeschooling

State currently requires homeschoolers to take state-prescribed tests and report their scores

Homeschoolers must file notice of intent to homeschool

Tennessee currently requires homeschool students to participate in state assessments in grades 5, 7, and 9, though this requirement can be avoided.

Common Core Legislation

HB 1828 would have prohibited the use of PARCC assessments. This bill failed in subcommittee in March.


HB 2253 prohibits the state from joining multistate consortia that standardize teaching in science or social studies. HB 1696 would withdraw Tennessee from PARCC immediately. SB 1961 would prohibit the transfer of student data over state lines.


HB 1549 was passed into law, withdrawing Tennessee from PARCC and putting a memorandum on Common Core testing. The bill also sets limitations on the release of student data.


Local Action Groups

Advocates and Opponents in Tennessee

Representative DesJarlais
Opposes CC

Representative Pitts
Opposes CC

Representative Powers
Supports CC

Chairman, Board of Education Fielding Rolston
Supports CC

Senator Massey
Supports CC

Representative Womick
Opposes CC

Representative Matheny
Opposes CC

Representative Spivey
Opposes CC

Representative Timothy Hill
Opposes CC

Representative Matthew Hill
Opposes CC

Representative Carr
Opposes CC

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Updated: 6/24/2014