Academics

Academics

All Tennessee students will have access to a high-quality education, no matter where they live.


  • Early Literacy Supports – A critical foundation for life-long learning, early literacy must be a top priority for Tennessee. Early literacy supports will focus on rapidly increasing the percentage of students who are able to read proficiently at grade level.
  • High-Quality Instructional Materials – After the teacher in the classroom, the instructional materials a teacher uses become the next most impactful part of a child’s education. High-quality instructional materials provide teachers with the necessary tools and resources they need to prepare and deliver strong lessons that align to high academic standards and boost student outcomes.
  • Innovative Assessments – Tennessee’s work to create and adhere to high academic standards that lead to increases in student achievement and outcomes. Tennessee will develop and deploy a suite of free, curriculum-aligned assessment resources and provide direct, easy access to these resources to educators, school leaders, and districts.

  • Career Exploration– Over the next year, the Department will research national career programs and visit elementary, middle, and high schools with “exemplar” career awareness, exploration, and advising programs to determine best practices and strategies, to identify ways to scale and improve career exploration in Tennessee.