Take a closer look at Common Core, TN's new classroom standards
By Heidi Hall, The Tennessean, May 6, 2013 - Williamson County has become a flashpoint in the debate over the Common Core State Standards, adopted three years ago in Tennessee but now gaining attention as they begin to be implemented. Tennessee students will be tested on the new standards beginning in spring 2015.
Forty-five states have adopted the standards, which supporters say means Tennessee students will be learning on a higher level and at the same rate as their peers across the nation. Opponents fear the process centralizes education instead of leaving decisions up to individual states and will result in lower performance. Here are the facts parents need to know: (link)