If an education summit convened Thursday by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) is any indication of what’s top priority to many state lawmakers and education groups, the Common Core standards will be the central education battle during the upcoming legislative session in the state. The summit, according to Grace Tatter writing at Chalkbeat, included Department of Education officials, state lawmakers, the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, and members of education-related professional groups. Though Haslam has shown support for the Common Core standards, joining with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) and Tennessee U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R) in March for an education roundtable sponsored by the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry, he and the state’s chief education officials quietly quit the PARCC Common Core multi-state test consortium in June. That decision came after Haslam signed a bill that requires the state to use its current assessment, the TCAP, this school year and to issue a request for proposals for a new test to be administered next year. Thus far, five testing vendors have come forward with their proposals. During Thursday’s forum in Nashville, concerns were raised twice
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