Post Tagged with: "Common Core"

Teachers are saying in a new study from Vanderbilt that they are less receptive to Common Core standards in their classrooms. Credit: alamosbasement via Flickr

Survey Says Common Core Support Drops Drastically Among Tennessee Teachers

September 24, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Teacher opinion of Common Core education standards has declined since this time last year.

For A Nashville Private School, Recruiting Now Includes Bashing Common Core

For A Nashville Private School, Recruiting Now Includes Bashing Common Core

July 28, 2014 at 5:13 am

As part of a new social media blitz, Ezell-Harding Christian School in Antioch has adopted the slogan “Uncommon to the Core,” a jab at Common Core Education Standards adopted in Tennessee’s public schools.

It's been primarily conservative groups protesting Common Core. This is a photo from a Sacramento protest. Many see the standards as a federal take over of the education system. Credit: Steve Rhodes via Flickr

Nashville School Board Candidates Wander All Over The Map On Common Core

July 21, 2014 at 4:52 am

Common Core has become a clear differentiator in Nashville’s school board races. Incumbents are confident in the new education standards adopted by most states. Challengers range from confused to fed up.

Haslam told reporters Tuesday morning he spoke to the state's transportation commissioner to "make certain anything we do doesn't... either in a legal way or in a precedent way cause us issues with how the department of transportation has traditionally run projects." (Photo via Gov. Bill Haslam's flickr)

National Governors Association Helped Create Common Core, But That Won’t Be On Nashville Agenda

July 8, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Even though Common Core isn’t an official topic this week, some say it’ll be unavoidable.

On Tuesday, Governor Bill Haslam, Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman and a former principal from Covington, Tenn. announced the release of 2014 statewide TCAP results. District and school-level data will come out later this summer. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Muted Fanfare For TCAP Results As Debate Swirls Over Test’s Reliability

July 1, 2014 at 2:12 pm

Tennessee education officials have begun their annual release of standardized test results. This year’s TCAP scores are mixed, with improvements in math and slight declines in reading. The explanation has less to do with teachers and test-takers and more to do with the test itself.

John Morgan in the chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents and a supporter of Common Core which has been adopted in 45 states, including Tennessee. Credit: TN Photo Services

Tennessee Board Of Regents Chief Takes National Role Backing Common Core

June 9, 2014 at 10:31 pm

The chancellor of Tennessee’s Board of Regents is becoming more vocal about supporting Common Core – the K-12 education standards with a growing number of critics on both ends of the political spectrum.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke on a panel at Brick Church Middle School, which is transitioning to become a charter school. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

U.S. Secretary Of Education: States (Like Tennessee) Need ‘Courage’ To Implement Common Core

May 20, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Arne Duncan praised Tennessee for setting higher standards in schools but said the state is focusing on the wrong battles. His visit came shortly after state lawmakers delayed a testing portion of the Common Core.

Gov. Bill Haslam addresses hundreds of education writers gathered at Vanderbilt University this week. Credit: TN Photo Services

After Lobbying Against It, Haslam Signs Bill Delaying Common Core Test

May 19, 2014 at 5:25 pm

Governor Bill Haslam has signed a into law a bill that will delay testing associated with Common Core. His signature comes after lobbying hard against the legislation.

It's been primarily conservative groups protesting Common Core. This is a photo from a Sacramento protest. Many see the standards as a federal take over of the education system. Credit: Steve Rhodes via Flickr

Two Ways TN Legislators Running For Congress Explain Common Core: Denial Or Regret

May 19, 2014 at 4:07 am

Common Core has become political kryptonite in GOP primary campaigns for Congress. And two Tennessee legislators running for higher office helped vote in the new educational standards, but they have very different ways of defending it.

Sen. Lamar Alexander speaks alongside Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky State Rep. Jim DeCesare, Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell, and Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman. Paul and Alexander are sponsoring legislation that will make it easier for states to set up charter schools. Image: Bradley George/WPLN

Two Words You Won’t Hear Lamar Alexander Say Right Now: Common Core

May 12, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander has been doing his best to avoid saying he supports Common Core education standards. The controversial benchmarks for what students should learn in each grade have become a campaign issue in several races, including Alexander’s.

Rep. Rick Womick (R-Rockvale) says teachers and parents in his district have asked him to fight the Common Core standards, now in place in math and language-arts classes.

Lawmaker Airs Grievances Against Common Core, But Proposals To Undo It Fail

March 18, 2014 at 7:30 pm

A state lawmaker who’s been itching for a fight over the Common Core educational standards got one yesterday. Rep. Rick Womick brought proposals to discontinue Tennessee’s use of the grade-level benchmarks and their companion test; both were killed in committee.

Haslam Leans On Teachers To Sway Public Over Common Core

Haslam Leans On Teachers To Sway Public Over Common Core

March 18, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Governor Bill Haslam is trying to show public opinion is on his side when it comes to Common Core, even if the legislature is turning against him.

Don’t Just Delay Common Core, Some Lawmakers Say: Repeal It

Don’t Just Delay Common Core, Some Lawmakers Say: Repeal It

March 18, 2014 at 10:59 am

Legislative wrangling over the Common Core educational standards ramped up a notch Tuesday morning, with state lawmakers weighing a bill to back Tennessee out altogether from the grade-level benchmarks adopted by dozens of states.

What Really Happened In Last Week’s State House Vote On Common Core?

What Really Happened In Last Week’s State House Vote On Common Core?

March 17, 2014 at 5:16 am

Lawmakers in Tennessee and other states have been fighting over the education standards known as Common Core. In the Tennessee House last week, the fight boiled over.

Conservative activists around the country have attacked Common Core for not including cursive instruction. However, Tennessee education officials say state standards have never mandated cursive. Credit: Josh Hallet via Flickr

Meet The Mom Pushing To Require Tennessee Students To Know Cursive

March 17, 2014 at 4:11 am

Tennessee school children may soon be required to learn cursive, which has never been mandated. A family from Columbia is responsible for making handwriting a legislative issue.

Dr. Candice McQueen was dean of Lipscomb's College of Education until she was recently named senior vice president overseeing Lipscomb Academy. Credit: Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce via Flickr

Lipscomb Academy Chief Advocates For Common Core, But Not At Her School

February 10, 2014 at 4:14 am

One of Tennessee’s biggest cheerleaders for Common Core has not pushed to adopt the education standards in the private school she now leads.

Left-Leaning Education Advocates Join Common Core Resistance In Tennessee

Left-Leaning Education Advocates Join Common Core Resistance In Tennessee

January 27, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Pushback to Common Core State Standards has been led primarily by conservatives until now.

Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Ralph Schulz speaks at a press conference, announcing the formation of Businesses for Tennessee Prosperity. The group says it's already raised over $100,000 to lobby lawmakers and run ads in support of Common Core.

In New Ad, Pro Common Core Group Touts TN Education Progress

January 23, 2014 at 1:17 pm

A Tennessee businesses group supporting Common Core education standards is taking to the airwaves. A new radio ad features a conversation between two actors, portraying a teacher and a parent.

Community members wishing to review textbooks used in Tennessee schools can actually visit one of ten "review sites," housed mostly at universities, including Tennessee Tech and Tennessee State. Credit: freebooks.com via Flickr

TN Lawmakers Comb Textbooks For ‘Indoctrination’

November 4, 2013 at 8:35 am

Tennessee lawmakers are spending the next two days making sure classroom textbooks are “tools of education, not indoctrination.” Those are the words of Senate Education Committee chair Dolores Gresham, who will lead the hearings.

Hearings Debunked Common Core Myths, But Lt. Gov. Still Sees ‘Complicated’ Debate

Hearings Debunked Common Core Myths, But Lt. Gov. Still Sees ‘Complicated’ Debate

September 25, 2013 at 6:18 pm

Common Core will be the most “complicated” and “important” debate in the upcoming session of the Tennessee legislature. That’s according to Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, who predicts the General Assembly will want to make some tweaks.