Support for Common Core falls sharply among Tennessee teachers
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT) -- A new survey suggests support among Tennessee teachers for the controversial Common Core education standards is on the decline.
Vanderbilt University participated in the study which compiled the responses of 27,000 teachers and school administrators across the state.
For the first time, a majority of Tennessee educators now say they’re opposed to the standards, recently implemented in 45 states and the District of Columbia.
Barbara Grey is the President of the Tennessee Teachers Association, the state’s largest teachers union. Grey says she isn’t surprised by the finding. She also says a lot of the dissatisfaction with the standards can be chalked up to too little training.
“Teachers don’t mind high standards. We want our students to perform well, or to have those standards, but we just need more time to implement those standards.”
Last year, the Vanderbilt survey showed that about 60 percent of Tennessee teachers thought the standards would improve student learning. In this year’s survey, just 39 percent of teachers support Common Core.
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