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Social studies switch
May 12, 2017
At 11th hour, lawmakers mandate a whole semester of Tennessee history, but don’t specify where it will fit
Tennessee now will have to adjust proposed new social studies standards that the State Board of Education was poised to approve following a lengthy review.
May 4, 2017
Lawmakers want a whole semester of Tennessee history — but aren’t sure how schools can fit that in
The proposal emerges as the state is poised to adopt new social studies standards that include fewer state-specific facts.
April 21, 2017
Tennessee’s long journey to new social studies standards nears its finish line
The State Board of Education approves revised and shortened standards in the first of two votes, but debate continues over state-specific facts.
Movers & shakers
February 13, 2017
McQueen selects new chief of staff from State Board team
Laura Encalade has served as director of policy and research for the State Board of Education.
October 28, 2016
You’ve heard what Buzzfeed thinks about Tennessee’s social studies standards. Here’s what teachers say.
Despite some public backlash about proposed new social studies standards, many Tennessee teachers welcome the changes.
Doing the math
October 19, 2016
Trying to sort out Tennessee’s new math standards? These educators are doing it for you.
The new Mid-Cumberland Math Consortium uses the collective brain power of Middle Tennessee educators to work through common challenges to math instruction.
October 14, 2016
For the first time in nearly a decade, Tennessee has new science standards
The new science standards, which identify what students are expected to know at each grade level, will reach classrooms in the fall of 2018.
September 15, 2016
Wanted: Feedback on Tennessee’s new social studies standards
The State Board of Education announces the launch of an online review site open through Oct. 28.
June 1, 2016
With no mention of proselytizing, social studies teachers drill down on Tennessee standards
Social studies teachers from across the state kick off a review of the subject's academic standards, with revisions to reach Tennessee classrooms in 2019.
April 15, 2016
At long last, phase-out of Common Core is official in Tennessee
The State Board of Education signs off on new "homegrown" standards after 18 months of examination and revisions.
January 26, 2016
After more than a year of review, here’s what’s being recommended to revise Common Core in Tennessee
A state panel sends its recommended revisions to K-12 academic standards to the State Board of Education for a first vote on Friday.
January 22, 2016
Tennessee launches review of social studies standards amid concerns over world religion studies
The State Board of Education kicks off its social studies standards review, while state legislators file bills to alter how world religions are taught in middle school.
November 18, 2015
Deadline looms in Tennessee’s standards review process, with much work left
Tennessee nears the finish line of its intricate review of and revisions to the Common Core State Standards.
November 5, 2015
Haslam says the future of Common Core now rests with educators, not elected officials
At the second meeting of his Teachers Cabinet, Gov. Bill Haslam acknowledges that the fuss over reviewing the Common Core academic standards was political in its origins.
October 20, 2015
Educators, not politicians, take the reins in developing Tennessee’s new academic standards
While the initial call for new standards came largely from politicians seeking to repeal the Common Core, the resulting process to produce them is being led by educators.
September 3, 2015
As first concrete step of reading initiative, McQueen seeks educators for Early Literacy Council
The Department of Education seeks educators, community members to give input on sweeping literacy initiative
August 5, 2015
Standards review committee or repeal Common Core committee? Tennessee leaders are split
Gov. Bill Haslam and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey announce their appointees with messages that speak to the continued fracture around the Common Core State Standards.
June 3, 2015
With a five-day sprint, state panel begins reviewing thousands of Common Core public comments
After more than a year of debate and a six-month public review of Tennessee's academic standards, a 42-member committee of educators from across the state sets to work.
March 19, 2015
Spivey: Latest Common Core ‘repeal’ proposal a compromise
A bill addressing Tennessee's Common Core educational standards advances with little fanfare in the House. Supporters say it would strengthen the governor's current review process.
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