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Tennessee adopts the CCSS to increase college readiness
WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012 16:57 PM

In Tennessee, only 15 percent of students are prepared for college, according to TN Core, a Department of Education website. However, state officials believe the adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) may turn things around.

Kindergartners through second-graders across the state have already started adhering to the new Standards, states the website. The remaining grades will have implemented the CCSS before the end of the 2013-2014 academic year.

Currently, schools throughout Tennessee are using federal funding to train the state’s 12,000 teachers and principals, WTVF-TV reported. From the point of view of Kevin Huffman, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Education, parents will also play a crucial role in the success of the CCSS.

"The secret sauce that everybody would like to discover is how we get more parents engaged," Huffman told the news source. "If you trace students' performance - if you trace school's performance - it all directly correlates with how much parents are involved with their student and with that school."

Once the CCSS have been fully implemented, Tennessee education officials believe students will not only know how to think, but fully understand the concepts they are learning about in the classroom.