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Civics in Tennessee

Last year, the Tennessee legislature passed a law that requires school districts in the state to test students’ civic knowledge at least once while students are in grades 4–8 and at least once while they are in grades 9–12. According to a new report released by the state’s comptroller’s office, “the legislation is significant because it is the first time the state has required an assessment for civics.” Further, the report emphasizes, this latest requirement for testing is also significant because of how it mandates that the testing take place: “(1) [the assessments] will not be standardized tests developed by vendors according to state-determined specifications, but instead are to be developed and implemented by school districts, and (2) they are required to be project-based.”