Year delay in testing component of TN's Common Core curriculum headed to Gov. Haslam

Year delay in testing component of TN's Common Core curriculum headed to Gov. Haslam

April 17th, 2014 by Andy Sher in Local - Breaking News

Susan Stiner, standing, leads high school educators in a TNCore summer training session at South Pittsburg High School in June.

Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press.

NASHVILLE - Legislation implementing a one-year delay in the testing component of Tennessee's Common Core curriculum is on its way to Gov. Bill Haslam.

Senators voted 27-0 to adopt a conference committee report on the issue, which has plunged state lawmakers into a fierce debate for the entire legislative session. The House approved it on Wednesday.

Haslam had objected to a bill mandating a two-year delay in Common Core testing and a delay in Common Core standards. But lawmakers say he has signaled he is willing to accept this version.

The state had been planning to use PARCC tests, developed by a consortium of states and which has drawn fierce opposition from social conservatives, at the end of the 2014-2015 school year.

Under the measure that passed today, Tennessee schools will continue to administer Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) tests for the 2014-2015 school year.

The state Department of Education will be required to start a competitive bidding process for new tests aligned with Common Core standards.

Senate Education Committee Chairman Dolores Gresham, R-Somerville, says the bill also prohibits the state from adopting Common Core standards outside of math and language arts.