Tennessee Education Association

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Common Core State Standards

Tennessee has adopted the Common Core State Standards, a set of standards for math and English Language Arts designed to ensure that every student graduates high school prepared for college or the workforce. These standards were developed by state leaders from across the country. Tennessee voluntarily chose to adopt the standards. TEA President Gera Summerford and staff members Karla Carpenter and Susan Dalton are members of the Tennessee Educator Leader Cadre which oversees the implementation of Common Core in Tennessee.

TEA is supportive of the new standards, particularly with the focus on higher order thinking, problem solving and constructed response assessments as opposed to all multiple-choice.  We recognize the need for training and support for teachers as we transition to the new standards, but think we can agree it’s in the best interest of students.

SCORE launched a coalition of more than 100 business, community, and education organizations across Tennessee, including TEA,  in an effort to support Common Core and high academic standards in K-12 public education. This group, the Expect More, Achieve More Coalition, seeks to build statewide and local awareness of Tennessee’s ongoing effort to raise expectations in the classroom through the Common Core State Standards. Learn more about the Coalition by visiting its website.

Timeline for Implementation
The implementation of Common Core in Tennessee is spaced over three school years.

  • 2011-12 school year: Grades K-2 in math and English Language Arts
  • 2012-13 school year: Grades 3-8 in math (partial)
  • 2013-14 school year: Grades 3-13 in math and English Language Arts; Grades 6-12 in literacy

Online Resources
There are many onlie resources available as you implement Common Core in your classroom. We encourage you to explore the links listed below for more information on Common Core State Standards.

Your UniServ coordinator is available to assist you with any questions or concerns you have about Common Core. You can find contact information for all UniServ coordinators on our website.