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News from TN Dept. of Education: Clarification about Social Studies Graduation Requirements

Clarification about Social Studies Graduation Requirements 


As previously announced, in July 2013, the State Board of Education approved new social studies standards for the 2014-15 school year that change both the content and structure of middle school and high school social studies courses. The department has received numerous questions about how the changes effect graduation requirements, and we would like to provide the following information to clarify.


Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, the following social studies courses, or approved substitutions, will be required for graduation:

  1. World History and Geography: 1750 to Present (1 credit)
  2. U.S. History and Geography: Post-Reconstruction to the Present (1 credit)
  3. U.S. Government and Civics (1/2 credit)
  4. Economics (1/2 credit)

  **Personal Finance (1/2 credit is required and is in addition to the 3 social studies credits)


Any student in grades 10-12 who has already had the World History or Geography course has satisfied their graduation requirement for the World History and Geography Course.  


Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, any student in grades 9-12 who has not already taken World History or Geography will need to take the revised World History and Geography course (or an approved substitution) to satisfy their graduation requirement. Districts are welcome to continue offering the dedicated Geography course as an elective course.  


A complete list of social studies standards for grades K-12 is located here .


For questions concerning course codes for social studies classes and to access the Correlation of Course Codes document, click here


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