Tennesseans rise to any occasion (it’s how we became the Tennessee Volunteers). We know our students can and will rise to the expectations we have of them. It’s also about more than our expectations. It’s about making sure our kids are ready for the challenges, opportunities, and possibilities that will come their way when they leave our classrooms, graduate, and head out into the world.

From Kindergarten to graduation, today’s students will need a strong foundation and a variety of skills and abilities to be successful in their chosen next steps. Upon graduation, they will enter the workforce, complete a professional certification at a technical school, serve in America’s Armed Forces, or earn a degree from a four-year college or university. Whatever the path, students must be ready – on day one –to achieve, learn, and grow. High academic standards in today’s classrooms help make sure our students will be ready for tomorrow’s opportunities for success.