Senate Committee Questions Common Core Standards

TRAVIS LOLLER | Associated Press

NASHVILLE (AP) – Senate Education Committee members on Friday expressed concerns about Tennessee's Common Core standards during a hearing on the issue.

One of the biggest concerns was that testing on the new standards will lead to unwanted data collection on Tennessee students.

State Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman said that student privacy is a very important issue, but those concerns exist outside of Common Core.

Huffman said that Tennessee already has outside companies assessing its test scores now.

Common Core provides a set of standards for what students should know in reading and math. The standards intend to provide students with the critical thinking, problem solving and writing skills needed to prepare them for college and the workforce.

The standards have been voluntarily adopted by 45 states. Tennessee adopted Common Core in 2010.

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