Tennessee education leaders are preparing to tweak the academic standards for the state’s students, even as they finish implementing the latest set of changes. The new standards will align Tennessee more closely with the rest of the country.
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Last year, elementary schools needed 86 percent of students to make the grade in math. This year, they’ll only need 20 percent to reach proficiency. There will be similar changes at every grade level and subject area.
A new education study reinforces the notion that Tennessee’s standardized tests aren’t tough enough.