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Frist-Led Group Continues Common Core Push in New Report

Tennessean (01/27/14) Garrison, Joey

The 2013-14 report from the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), founded by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), indicates that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) test should be the top priorities of education reform in Tennessee. "Tennessee's commitment to high standards ensures that we're putting our students on the path to success," Frist says. The state's school districts are implementing CCSS and overhauling its tests for next fall. The SCORE annual report also recommends the state improve teaching by giving educators greater tools via instructional coaching, collaborative planning, and professional learning; invest in technology to enhance instruction beyond tech-readiness for PARCC; give students, educators, and parents the data and tools for success from kindergarten to career, including expanding Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and dual-credit options; and strengthen schools through effective leadership. Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman says a number of school districts are participating in a new pilot program to explore what criteria should be used in the state-mandated principal evaluations, which SCORE supports.
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