What the heck is Common Core? - 02/26/14

 Common Core is all about changing education in Tennessee. Not everybody is aware that Common Core standards are already being implemented in Tennessee schools. And the first Common Core standardized tests -- PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) -- are scheduled to begin next school year.
  I suspect everybody favors improving public schools in Tennessee, and so did Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, in 2009 when he committed the state's educational system to it. And so does Governor Bill Haslam, a Republican. But as parents and teachers await the first PARCC tests this fall, they're getting nervous. From the sample tests I've seen, the PARCC tests will certainly require a higher level of performance by students versus the standardized TCAP tests. (The new tests will only replace the Math and Language Arts portion of TCAP.)
  At Fox17.com I took a look at what Common Core is, what the arguments are against it, and give some sample questions from TCAP and PARCC.
http://fox17.com/news/features/this-morning/stories/common-core-arguments-against-it-330.shtml


 

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