Tennessee’s six-month-long public review of the Common Core State Standards garnered more than 131,000 reviews of various academic benchmarks, reports Chalkbeat, citing numbers released by the state Department of Education. More than half favored K-12 standards currently in place.
In all, 2,262 Tennesseans participated in the online review conducted between Nov. 6 and April 30. Participants were given opportunity to say “keep it,” “remove it” or “replace it” as they reviewed up to 2,000 standards for math and English. If they selected to remove or replace a standard, they had to explain why in a comment.
When the review was complete, the state website had logged 131,424 reviews and 20,344 comments, with 73,000 of the reviews opting to “keep it.”
Although the review was open to any Tennessee resident, the vast majority of participants — 1,164 in all — were teachers. Next were parents (320), K-12 administrators (141), and other community members (94). Fifteen K-12 students participated, as did seven elected officials.
Gov. Bill Haslam ordered the review last October in response to a growing backlash against the standards due to charges of federal overreach, among other thing… The next step is for the State Board of Education and the Southern Regional Education Board, a private firm helping manage the review, to prepare data reports based on the public review. Those reports will go to committees of educators appointed by Haslam as part of the review process and scheduled to convene June 3 for the first time.
…In a telephone news conference later Thursday, Haslam said he is confident in the review process.
“All of the discussion about Common Core and some of the political issues around that, we were determined to not have that distract us from having great standards in Tennessee,” he said. “What we said is these standards have been in place for four years. We’ve had teachers teaching them for four years. We’ve gained a lot of understanding and experience. Let’s go now and look and review and make certain that we come out with even better standards.”