Published in the Lebanon Democrat on Jan 29, 2016 at 4:00 PM
In response to the concerns of citizens and to legislation passed by the General Assembly, the state Board of Education has created new math and English/language Arts standards and is working on new history and social studies standards. The state BOE is now requesting your comments.
Standards list grade-specific instructional information that exemplify what students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of a given grade or course. In 2010, the state BOE adopted and implemented the Common Core Math and English/language arts standards. The current social studies standards were approved in 2013 and first implemented in the 2014-15 school year.
Due to an outcry from citizens who expressed a dislike of the Common Core Standards, in 2014 the General Assembly voted to get rid of them and have the state BOE create new standards. In 2015, many citizens were very displeased with the current history/social studies standards so last fall on their own, the state BOE voted to start the process to create new history and social studies standards a full six years early.
State Rep. Susan Lynn who voted to get rid of the Common Core state standards says that she wants to make sure that citizens know how to find and review all of the new standards. “I want to make sure that this time my voters are aware that they have a voice in the development process. I urge citizens to take this opportunity to review these standards and respond with their comments to the state Board of Education.” Said Lynn.
The state BOE has set up several websites for public review of the standards;
K-12 English/Language Arts; http://www.tn.gov/assets/entities/sbe/attachments/ELA_Standards_FINAL_1-21.pdf
K-12 Social Studies Standards;
To comment and for more information visit; http://tn.gov/sbe/topic/standards-review
“We insisted that we have a very transparent process – I am very pleased that the state BOE is making this information so widely available.” commented Lynn.