Tuesday evening, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett laid out efforts he and the Department of Education will push for in the next year to help keep Indiana atop the education reform movement.
Key among those is linking all levels of education, from kindergarten through twelfth to higher education, to better prepare student.
“So whether they leave our buildings for universities or they leave our buildings for other post-secondary training, we want every student to be able to take advantage of well-paying, 21st century career opportunities,” Bennett said.
Bennett said that preparation includes requiring all students to complete at least one online course before graduating high school and incorporating the latest technologies into classrooms across the state. Indiana State Teacher’s Association President Nate Schnellenberger said teachers have already embraced technology in the classroom, but the state must back up its efforts with more than words.
“What we really need to see is the state to provide to those local school corporations the resources that they need to do that throughout the state,” Schnellenberger said.
Bennett said he will ask the General Assembly to tackle these issues in the 2012 legislative session.