LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Writer clarifies Common Core standards, curriculum


To the Editor:

I am an educator in Williamson County Schools and I want to thank you for clarifying the presence of Common Core Standards as part of Tennessee education.

To the Editor:

I am an educator in Williamson County Schools and I want to thank you for clarifying the presence of Common Core Standards as part of Tennessee education.

Just for clarification, WCS and many other school districts in Tennessee have been fully implementing Common Core standards in Literacy and Math for the last two to three years. In that time, our TCAP and ACT scores have continued to rise There are many improvements that can and should be made in the implementation of the standards, but any education professional will tell you that the school district curriculum is where these guidelines can be found.

We are always looking for ways to implement best practices based on current research and empirical classroom evidence. It seems that WCS educators have been doing a more than fair job of implementing standards to meet the rigorous requirements of college entrance assessments, as well as State assessments.

It is important to distinguish the difference between a standard and the curriculum. A standard is a level of expected performance and the curriculum is the means by which that standard is taught.

The federal and state governments do not determine curriculum. Only local schools and school districts are involved in that work. As stated previously, based on our State assessments and college entrance test scores, Williamson County Schools has done a great job of implementing Common Core State Standards.

Laura Klug

Franklin

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