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Pledge your support for Common Core in Tennessee


Until a few years ago, Tennessee’s education standards were about as up to date as your dad’s music collection. Success today requires real-world skills: problem-solving, critical thinking, and clear communication. Tennessee’s Common Core State Standards are raising the bar in the classroom and preparing students for success in college, technical training, or careers.

How bad are things in Tennessee?

While nearly 80 percent of jobs now require education after high school, ACT results show that more than 80 percent of Tennessee’s recent high school graduates are not fully prepared for college or career/technical training. Nearly a third of Tennessee college freshmen had to take remedial courses in 2012, wasting time and money.

How will Common Core help?

Tennessee students are being held to the same high expectations in math, reading, and writing as students in other states and nations. Today, competition for jobs comes not just from across town but from across the country and the globe.

- The standards emphasize a deeper understanding of materials, not just basic memorization and test-taking skills.

- The standards are clear and focused, allowing teachers to explore important topics in depth with students, rather than skimming the surface of numerous topics to prepare students for tests.

- New teaching methods are helping students learn how to collaborate to solve problems, communicate clearly in writing and speaking, and become lifelong learners – real-world skills that are highly valued in the workplace.

All Tennessee students deserve a shot at success in a rapidly changing world by graduating high school ready for postsecondary and the jobs of tomorrow. Tennessee’s Common Core State Standards are helping change futures for the better. Join the thousands of Tennesseans promoting this positive step forward for our students.

I support Common Core and the modernization of our school system.

I agree with the 45 states that have embraced the 21st century by adopting Common Core and its forward-thinking standards. Students deserve an education that prepares them for today’s economic realities — and Common Core will ensure they can get it.

Pledge to modernize education.