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What is Common Core?

About Common Core

One part of Tennessee’s work to better prepare students for college and the workforce is to raise expectations by raising academic standards, which determine the knowledge and skills that students are expected to learn in each grade and subject. Tennessee took the first step to raise standards in 2009 and now, we are raising the bar again through an effort called the Common Core State Standards.

The Common Core State Standards are a set of standards in math and English that were developed by state leaders to ensure that every student graduates high school prepared for the future. To date, 47 states, including Tennessee, have voluntarily done so.

Why are these new standards important?

  • They are internationally competitive and based on research about what it takes to be prepared for college coursesand entry level jobs that lead to careers.
  • The standards are clear and demanding. This change allows teachers time and flexibility to teach and explore critical topics, instead of having to cover hundreds of different standards to prepare students for a test. For example, Tennessee currently has 113 different standards in third grade math. With Common Core, there will only be 25.
  • The skills and abilities students will learn are those needed for success in today’s workforce. Whether in manufacturing or research, job applicants need critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork skills to succeed.



The Expect More, Achieve More Coalition is a statewide alliance of business, community, and education organizations in Tennessee that supports high academic standards in public education. The Coalition’s goal is to build statewide and local engagement, support, and awareness of Tennessee’s efforts to raise the bar in the classroom so that every student graduates high school prepared for postsecondary education and the workforce. The Coalition believes that when we expect more, students achieve more.


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