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More Changes to Tennessee Education Standards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Education is preparing to revise teacher licensing standards.

The department says the revisions will be written in partnership with the state board, the Educational Testing Service and review teams consisting of teachers, district administrators and higher education faculty.

Department spokesperson Kelli Gauthier says the standards are past due for an update.

“We’ve spent the last several years really increasing the rigor for students and teachers in the classroom. So it’s really time, it’s the obvious next step to take a look at the licensure standards for teachers coming in to the profession and make sure that they’re up to the same standard.”

Gauthier says the new standards likely won’t be introduced before 2014.