Common Core bill passes House 81-9

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WVLT) — Legislation that would require any data collected under Tennessee's Common Core standards only be used to track the academic progress and needs of students has passed the House.

The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville was overwhelmingly approved 81-9 Monday evening.

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

The bill also gives legislators the ability to approve or deny certain Common Core standards when the federal government suggests them.

They have been voluntarily adopted by 45 states. Tennessee adopted them in 2010 and began a three-year phase-in the following year.

One of the main criticisms of the standards is that they could lead to the sharing of personally identifiable student data with the federal government. Dunn's proposal seeks to prevent that.

An amendment to repeal the Common Core standards in Tennessee was withdrawn.


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