54% of Tennessee's college freshmen aren't ready for college-level work and spend their tuition gaining remedial skills they should've received for free in high school.
In June 2009, former Governor Bredesen and former Education Commissioner Tim Web joined the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Implementation, including peer-led professional development for teachers, optional courses for principals and school leaders, and instructional resources, started with grades K-2 in 2011 and will continue to full implementation in the 2013-14 school year. A new assessment replacing the TCAP will occur in the 2014-15 school year. These rigorous academic standards focus on critical thinking and problem solving, with an emphasis on learning important concepts in earlier grades as many high performing schools do internationally. The Common Core standards will help prepare the students of Tennessee for their future.