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Curriculum & Instruction

The Curriculum & Instruction Department is committed to supporting high quality teaching and learning in all classrooms in Memphis-Shelby County Schools. To support the mission and vision of our district, we work strategically and collaboratively to provide quality curricular resources and support. Using these curricular resources and support, schools can ensure every student has the opportunity to engage in standards-aligned, relevant, and impactful educational experiences that will prepare them to be college and career ready.


We are committed to preparing well-rounded graduates who compete globally, because they persevere through challenges, think critically, advocate for and drive their own learning experiences, and collaborate effectively with diverse peers.


Every day, Memphis-Shelby County Schools students will experience high levels of success with challenging content in our classrooms and show consistent academic growth and achievement each year

10 Point Grading Scale Web Banner

Due to a recent change in Tennessee state law (Public Chapter No. 1080), MSCS has adopted a new 10-point grading scale for students enrolled in grades 1-5 (Policy 5014) and 6-12 (Policy 5015). The new grading scale will go into effect this fall, beginning with the 2022-2023 school year.

Grading Scales

Looking Toward the Future

MSCS and many other Tennessee schools adopted the 10-point scale to level the playing field for students who will soon apply for awards, scholarships, and other academic opportunities. 

Academic Advantages

Colleges and universities already use this grading scale, and it motivates students to strive for Honors/Advanced Placement courses.

MSCS is focused on access, equity, and student success across every grade band!

District Resources

Instructional Videos This link provides access to the weekly ELA, Math and Science instructional videos that are produced by cross-departmental teams in Academics and School Leadership.

At Home Learning Packets This link provides access to the instructional packets which contain lessons and activities that students can complete at home.

Staying Informed

  • TN Academic Standards - The TN Academic Standards identify what students are expected to know and be able to do in each content area at each grade level. https://www.tn.gov/education/instruction/academic-standards.html
  • Best for All Central - Tennessee's Hub for Learning and Teaching - The Tennessee Department of Education has provided this online hub of useful resources for educators, school leaders and families. Best for All Central can be accessed at http://bestforall.tnedu.gov/