Tennessee Afterschool Network
- 10 Things to Know - TN Department of Education, An infographic from the Tennessee Department of Education
- Online Tools - Practice tools to help afterschool program staff, teachers, and parents prepare students for TNReady.
- School Guide to Being TNReady - TN Department of Education, This guidebook is designed to walk you through changes to the state's math and English Language Arts TNReady TCAP tests.
- TNReady - TN Department of Education, Beginning in the 2015-16 school year, TNReady will become the state’s new and improved TCAP test for English language arts and math in grades 3-11.
While Tennessee has gone through a revision process to improve our standards beyond common core, these resources are helpful under our state’s new version, TNReady, discussed in the section above this.
- Achieve.org - Achieve works alongside states to raise graduation requirements and overall academic standards and was integral in the development of the Common Core State Standards. The following resources can be used to educate and inform your United Way, an OST coalition, families in your local community, and business leaders about the truth behind Common Core.
- Mathematics Fact Sheet
- English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects Fact Sheet
- K-2 Grade-Band Guide
- 3-5 Grade-Band Guide
- 6-8 Grade-Band Guide
- 9-12 Grade-Band Guide
- Business Center for a College- and Career-Ready America
Resources specifically for parents and families are available here.
- Afterschool and the Common Core State Standards - Afterschool Alliance, January 2014. 2014 marks the 12th anniversary of No Child Left Behind - are students any more prepared to be successful college students, workers and citizens than they were 12 year ago? A two-page synopsis of this article can be found here.
- Aligning With the School Day: Action Tips for Alignment Around the Core Elements - You for Youth. Practitioner tips that suggest what it might look like in an out-of-school program that has achieved a high level of alignment with the school(s) its students attend.
- Building Mastery of the Common Core State Standards by Expanded Learning with Community Stakeholder Partnerships - An excerpt from the book Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success, 2012. A collection of research studies, reports, essays and commentaries that show quality afterschool and summer learning programs - including 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC), make a positive difference for students, families, schools, and communities.
- Common Core State Standards - Change the Equation. This two-page brief explains the key aspects of the Common Core State Standards and the implications of the standards for the community.
- Common Core State Standards Website - Common Core State Standards Initiative. This site explains the standards and gives a background on how and why they were created. Additionally, it shares resources for parents to better understand what the standards include and what impact they will have on children.
- Connecting High-Quality Expanded Learning Opportunities and The Common Core State Standards to Advance Student Success - Council of Chief State School Officers, 2011.
This brief examines the benefit of strengthening the connection between the Common Core and expanded learning opportunities so that both efforts achieve maximum success.
- GAIC Afterschool Quality Standards - Georgia Afterschool Investment Council, 2011. This report explores how the Georgia Afterschool Investment Council aligned their Afterschool Quality Standards with the Common Core State Standards.
- Getting a Head Start on the Common Core - Partnership for Children & Youth, 2013. How education leaders can use summer programs to stop summer learning loss, and build student and staff capacity to succeed in the new Common Core environment.
- How Global Afterschool Programs Can Support Common Core State Standards - Asia Society, 2015. This article focuses on the overlap between the goals of promoting global competence and working within the Common Core framework.
- Linking Common Core and Expanding Learning - Partnership for Children and Youth, 2013. This report describes ways in which and provides examples of how expanded learning programs can integrate programmatic elements to better align with Common Core standards.
- Redesigning and Expanding School Time to Support Common Core Implementation - Center for American Progress and the National Center on Time & Learning, January 2014. This report covers the importance of continual professional development and collaboration, the necessity of providing students with ample time to meet math and English language arts requirements, and suggestions to improve the effectiveness of Common Core, including how to develop effective extended learning programs.
- The Common Core Standards: What Do They Mean for Out-of-School Time? - Forum for Youth Investment, July 2012. Policy commentary, highlighting specific responses of some out-of-school programs to the Common Core standards.