Bridging the Gap between Common Core and Common Practice: Engaging Tennessee Teachers
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Since 2010, the United States has seen a radical attempt to raise its standards of knowledge and skill in its school systems across the country. The reason behind this attempt is for American students to reach the educational level of other developed countries. In order to do so, individual states are using one common series of standards for curriculum and skill sets to prepare students for “college, career, and life” otherwise known as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). I will explore what has already been done with Common Core for teachers across the United States, especially in Tennessee, and propose suggestions on classroom implementation for both school systems and the individual teacher who desire to hold students to a higher standard while not leaving any one student behind. While many have already taken to this task, I will present a fresh perspective with research on how the state of Tennessee has attempted to raise its standards to an international level. I will also explore how educators can aid students in reaching their full potential under these standards.