Superintendents from across East Tennessee are showing their support for Common Core standards.
They gathered Thursday morning in response to a new coalition of state legislators who want to slow down or derail the launch of Common Core.
The standards are aimed at giving every student the same, high quality level of education to prepare them for college and a career. The standards have been adopted by 45 states and Tennessee plans to fully implement them next school year.
Some legislators say they're concerned about the intense focus on high-stakes testing, but local superintendents say Common Core is vital to all students.
"We are finding that 16 percent of our students who graduate from high school are ready for college, and that's not right and that's not fair. And our students deserve better than that. So, we are raising the bar. We have embraced the Common Core and we think this is what's best for students in Tennessee and we're committed to providing it," said Dr. Vicki Violette, director of Clinton City Schools.
Representatives from Knox County, Blount County, Sweetwater and Clinton schools were at the news conference.