The Tennessee Department of Education states that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are designed to equip students with knowledge and skills that will serve them in the years ahead. Currently, Tennessee is in the process of transitioning to the CCSS – a process that provides the Department with an opportunity to take a fresh look at instruction and make sure it supports each of the state's students.
While not everybody supports the CCSS, a large number of Tennessee residents are in favor of the Standards' implementation, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel. The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), recently polled 500 registered voters throughout the state to learn their opinion on the Common Core.
Based on the results of SCORE's survey, 76 percent of respondents support the implementation of the CCSS. In addition, 44 percent of voters said they "strongly" favored the Standards.
"Getting a sense of where Tennesseans stand on these new higher Standards is important to be able to move forward," Jim McIntyre, the superintendent of the Knox County Schools, told the news source. "It tells me that the efforts to provide information and educate the public on the benefits of Common Core, those efforts are paying off and that message is being heard. I think that's a really positive development."