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Professional Educators of Tennessee Members Appointed to State Standards Recommendation Committee

Thursday, September 24, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Audrey Shores
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Originally published in TREND magazine at 






Nothing is more foundational for classroom instruction than strong a set of standards. Academic standards set forth our expectations for what students should know and be able to do at the end of any given grade or course. Our state’s continued progress and collective goal of ensuring that all of our students graduate postsecondary and workforce ready hinges upon the presence high quality, rigorous standards.


The state is currently in the midst of a standards review process in math and English language arts (ELA) that is unprecedented in terms of its transparency and educator engagement. Professional Educators of Tennessee’s own President, Cathy Kolb, is actively involved as a leader in this process. Cathy was recently appointed by Speaker Harwell to serve on the new Standards Recommendation Committee (SRC). A 10-member committee appointed by the Governor and speakers of the House and Senate, the SRC is responsible for making the ultimate recommendations for revised math and ELA standards to the State Board of Education (SBE). The SRC’s recommendations and the Board’s ultimate passage of revised standards in Spring 2016 will be the culmination of an 18-month process of intensive public engagement and thoughtful revision to the math and ELA standards.


The standards review process began in Fall 2014, when Governor Haslam announced the creation of a standards review website that would be open to the public to review and offer feedback on current K-12 standards. More than 130,000 reviews were received over the course of six months, and more than 70% of those reviews came from current K-12 teachers. ELA & Math Standards Review & Development Committees, each advised by 3 educator advisory teams, have met throughout the summer to review the public feedback and make initial revisions to the standards. Their work will be posted for another round of public feedback via the standards review website this October, providing another great opportunity for educator feedback. The Standards Recommendation Committee will use this additional feedback to finalize its recommendations to the State Board of Education. New standards will be approved in April 2016 and implemented in the 2017-18 school year.





Professional Educators of Tennessee is a non-partisan teacher association headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is hereby granted, provided that the author and the association are properly cited. For more information on this subject or any education issue please contact Professional Educators of Tennessee. To schedule an interview please contact Audrey Shores, Director of Communications, at 1-800-471-4867 ext.102.

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