Bill to dial back Common Core standards fails

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A proposal to dial back the implementation of Tennessee’s Common Core standards has failed this session.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville was defeated 7-2 in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

The standards are intended to provide students with the critical thinking, problem solving and writing skills needed for college and the workforce.

They have been voluntarily adopted by 45 states. Tennessee adopted them in 2010 and began a three-year phase-in the following year. The standards were fully implemented this year.

Campfield’s proposal would have required the State Board of Education and the Department of Education to go back to where the implementation process was last year and not go beyond that until the Tennessee General Assembly grants approval.