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LIFT, which includes Kingsport and Sullivan school leaders, urges moving forward with Common Core in Tennessee

March 18th, 2014 5:55 pm by Rick Wagner

NASHVILLE — LIFT Education, short for a group of school superintendents called Leading Innovation for Tennessee Education, Tuesday expressed support for Common Core State Standards and rigorous, aligned assessments and called on the General Assembly move forward with implementation.

LIFT includes Kingsport Superintendent Lyle Ailshie and Sullivan County Director of Schools Jubal Yennie. In response to the state House's vote last week to delay implementation of Common Core State Standards and PARCC assessments until July 2016, LIFT Education sent letters Tuesday, March 18, to Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, House Speaker Harwell and Education Education committees chairmen encouraging them to halt the House's regressive action.

"We have come too far to turn back now. I have seen evidence of how common core state standards have helped prepare our students for success in college and the workforce", said Trousdale County Superintendent of Schools Clint Satterfield.

"We believe that high academic standards, measured through rigorous assessments, lead to high performing education systems that will raise student achievement and, ultimately, provide the backbone to a healthy and vibrant economy and more and better opportunities for our children," said Knox County Director of Schools, Jim McIntyre, adding that "we urge state policy makers to stay the course they have set to achieve those goals."

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