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*Please contact your child's school for additional information about school participation.
Commissioner Kevin Huffman serves on the Governing Board. Emily Barton, Assistant Commissioner for Curriculum & Instruction, Tennessee Department of Education, and Erin O'Hara, Assistant Commissioner for Data and Research, are the K-12 Leads for PARCC in Tennessee. Dr. Richard Rhoda, Executive Director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, serves on the PARCC Advisory Committee on College Readiness. Mike Krause, Assistant Executive Director of Academic Affairs at the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, coordinates PARCC-related postsecondary engagement activities in the state.
Tennessee has been a leader in the American Diploma Project Network since 2007, aligning its standards, graduation requirements, and high school assessments with the expectations of postsecondary education and employers. In March 2010, Tennessee became one of the first two states to win the Race to the Top competition. The state adopted the Common Core State Standards in July 2010, and became a Governing State in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers in the spring of 2010. Leaders from Tennessee’s K-12 and higher education communities were actively engaged in the development of PARCC’s proposal for common, next-generation assessments.
The PARCC assessment measures real world skills that colleges value, like critical thinking and problem solving. That’s why all of Tennessee's public two- and four-year colleges and universities have committed to participate in PARCC. They helped develop the assessments to ensure that it measures college readiness.
Tennessee’s college and universities will use those assessments as one of the indicators of a student’s readiness for entry-level, credit-bearing college courses – and because these institutions educate every freshman entering public colleges and universities in Tennessee, we’re ensuring that our students succeed.
See a full list of participating institutions here.