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The Common Core State Standards will prepare Tennessee students with essential knowledge and skills to compete in an increasingly global environment. These standards emphasize thinking, problem-solving and creativity through next generation assessments that go beyond multiple-choice tests to increase college and career-readiness among Tennessee students.

The transition to new standards gives us the opportunity to revisit instruction to support all students. Effective teaching requires continuous improvement and the Tennessee Department of Education is committed to providing educators with resources and information throughout this transition to support reflection and spark meaningful conversation.

With the right support, we know all students will rise to the level of expectations set by the Common Core State Standards. We look forward to working together in this transition to create a better future for all Tennessee students.

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