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Feedback welcome on Tennessee's CCSS-aligned textbooks
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2012 15:48 PM

School districts in the 45 states that adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are currently transitioning to a new form of instruction, and so too are publishers of education textbooks. After all, pupils' classroom materials will not be of much use if they do not reflect what their instructors are teaching them.

According to The Wall Street Journal, publishing companies such as McGraw-Hill and Pearson have already revamped a number of their textbook offerings and are promoting them.

"It's a really big deal," Peter Cohen, chief executive officer of Pearson's K-12 division, told the news source. "The Common Core Standards are affecting literally every part of the business we're involved in."

In Tennessee, educators, parents, students and the general public currently have an opportunity to see what K-8 textbooks aligned with the CCSS will be like, The Chattanoogan reported. The Tennessee Department of Education encourages people to provide feedback on the books before they are officially reviewed by a textbook committee and voted on by the State Board of Education.

Following the review process, which is set to take place later this fall, the textbooks could be in Tennessee classrooms by the 2013-2014 academic year.