Gov. Haslam tries to reset Tennessee’s Common Core at summit

Sep 19, 2014 by

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam today sought to punch the reset button on Tennessee’s controversial Common Core student testing standards at an “education summit” attended by state lawmakers, educators and business leaders.

But just outside the downtown Nashville hotel where the conference took place, a group of protesters rallied against Haslam’s plan to come back with a new testing regimen he hopes will pass legislative muster in 2015.

Lawmakers last spring turned their thumbs down on PARRC assessments that were to be implemented this year.

Inside the hotel ballroom, Haslam and administration officials led participants in a four-hour exploration of Tennessee’s education reforms over the last eight years, a list that included Common Core but also covered successes in student learning as well as controversies like charter schools expansion and a proposed school voucher program.

The Republican governor acknowledged some steps he’s taken have been controversial, but Haslam and other officials argued they have helped transform public education in Tennessee for the better.

He said his summit “is part of beginning a discussion about some really critical issues that are facing us, and there are a lot of different perspectives. But we know we’re going to reach our goals as a state. There’s nothing more critical.”

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