Common Core in Tennessee:
TN Core

The Common Core was fully implemented into Tennessee’s curriculum at the start of the 2013–14 school year. The Tennessee Department of Education is providing teachers with detailed model curricula units for use in their classrooms.


Common Core Implementation Status

1. Teacher Professional Development
2. Curriculum Guides
or Instructional Materials
3. Teacher Evaluation
Systems

New Curriculum

State designs frameworks

State provides frameworks

State designs guides

State provides guides

Local districts only


New Assessments

PARCC member

SBAC member

ACT Aspire

Developing own CC-aligned assessments


New Expenditures

New expenditures required to implement the Common Core

Current annual education expenditures

Race to the Top Phase 2 award

(State is a Race to the Top recipient.)


Education Database Status

P-20 development required by state law

State is capable of having a P-20 database

State has access to homeschool students’ data


Potential Impacts on Homeschooling

State currently requires homeschoolers to take state-prescribed tests and report their scores

Homeschoolers must file notice of intent to homeschool

Tennessee currently requires homeschool students to participate in state assessments in grades 5, 7, and 9, though this requirement can be avoided.



Common Core Legislation


HB 1828 would have prohibited the use of PARCC assessments. This bill failed in subcommittee in March.

Status
Failed

HB 2253 attempted to prohibit the state from joining multistate consortia that standardize teaching in science or social studies, but this bill died in chamber in 2014.

Status
Failed

HB 1549 was passed into law, withdrawing Tennessee from PARCC and putting a memorandum on Common Core testing. The bill also sets limitations on the release of student data.

Status
Passed

HB 1696 would withdraw Tennessee from PARCC immediately. SB 1961 would prohibit the transfer of student data over state lines.

Status
Pending

HB 1193 is a companion bill to House Bill 1348. Among other things, this bill would prohibit the state board of education and the department of education from adopting or implementing the Common Core State Standards and the associated assessments.

Status
Pending

HB 804 is a companion bill to House Bill 1263. It would require the state board of education and the department of education to discontinue use of the Common Core State Standards.

Status
Pending

HB 1348 is a companion bill to SB 1193. Among other things, this bill would prohibit the state board of education and the department of education from adopting or implementing the Common Core State Standards and the associated assessments.

Status
Pending

HB 1280 is a companion bill to Senate Bill 4. It requires cancellation of the Common Core State Standards memorandum of understanding by which they were adopted in Tennessee. Instead, this bill creates the Tennessee Standards Commission, which would develop and submit academic standards to the State Board of Education for adoption.

Status
Pending


Local Action Groups

Advocates and Opponents in Tennessee

Representative DesJarlais
Opposes CC

Representative Pitts
Opposes CC

Representative Powers
Supports CC
615.741.3335
Email

Chairman, Board of Education Fielding Rolston
Supports CC
202.357.6938
Email

Senator Massey
Supports CC
615.741.1648
Email

Representative Womick
Opposes CC

Representative Matheny
Opposes CC

Representative Spivey
Opposes CC

Representative Timothy Hill
Opposes CC

Representative Matthew Hill
Opposes CC

Representative Carr
Opposes CC


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Updated: 6/24/2014