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Key Information from Tennessee Common Core Plan

2013-14 Common Core Implementation Plan  NEW!

This plan contains information about the assessment transition plan, curricular materials and resources, and teacher and leader trainings that will be offered by the department as well as links to newly created resources to support teachers, schools, and districts during 2013-14, the final year of preparation before PARCC assessments.

This audio clip is a presentation of the 2013-14 Implementation Plan by Emily Barton. Printing the plan prior to listening is useful for following the presentation.

See Tennessee’s 2012-13 transition plan for more detail, including the composition of summer training sessions and further support, such as online courses, to be provided throughout the summer and school year.

Common Core History and Fact Sheet

Math

Grades K-2:

The Tennessee Department of Education encourages all districts to move toward full implementation of the CCSSM in K-2 in the 2012-13 school year. TNCore Focus Standards for K-2 have been released and are posted with the 3-8 Focus Standards above.

Grades 3-8:

Tennessee’s transition to the CCSSM will continue with grades 3-8 in the 2012-13 school year. Teachers will still teach the current TDP standards (minus the SPI’s to be dropped from the TCAP). In addition, teachers will be teaching the TNCore Focus Standards, included in the list posted above. Some of the Focus Standards will overlap with the TDP standards; however, as the instructional shifts and the CRA items will prove, they call for a fundamentally different level of rigor and intensive focus. In order to help teachers prepare for these challenging but exciting changes, the Tennessee Department of Education will be hosting summer training sessions. These trainings will be facilitated by Core Coaches, who will continue to lead the transition in their respective schools, districts, and CORE regions throughout the upcoming school year.

Grades 9-12:

The End of Course (EOC) assessments for Algebra I and Algebra II will not change for 2012-13. As part of our transition to Common Core, we will be narrowing the EOCs for 2013-14. The list of dropped SPIs for Algebra I and Algebra II is available in the Dropped SPI section above. Four TNCore Focus Clusters have been identified for Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II from the Common Core State Standards. The 2013-14 administration of the Constructed Response Assessment (CRA) will assess standards in the TNCore Focus Clusters so teachers can understand the rigor and changes in instructional practice these new standards will require. In order to help teachers prepare for these changes, the Tennessee Department of Education will be hosting summer training sessions. These trainings will be facilitated by Core Coaches, who will continue to lead the transition in their respective schools, districts, and CORE regions throughout the upcoming school year.

English Language Arts

Grades K-2:

The Tennessee Department of Education encourages all districts to move toward full implementation of the Common Core ELA Standards in K-2 in the 2012-13 school year.

Grades 3-12:

All Tennessee classrooms will transition to the Common Core ELA standards in the 2013-14 school year. However, many districts do not want to wait to take advantage of the powerful learning opportunities the Common Core for ELA presents. In order to support them in these efforts, the Tennessee Department of Education will be organizing those districts interested in piloting the Common Core ELA Standards during the 2012-13 school year into a state-wide consortium. The Department will convene the participating districts in quarterly meetings and provide online modules to train teachers in the key instructional shifts and a set of TNCore Focus Standards. As in math classrooms, participating teachers will still teach and be held accountable to the TDP standards, while using the additional set of TNCore Focus Standards to augment and enhance their instruction and transition their students towards the expectations of the Common Core.  Participating schools will administer four Common Core-aligned writing assessments throughout the year. The State will provide the prompts and scoring guides. The State will also be hiring ELA Core Coaches to assist in the transition and provide support.