Indiana General Assembly lawmakers, who have already paused the rollout of the Common Core in the state’s schools, will soon have to recommend whether the state should press “Play” or “Stop” on the nationally-crafted academic standards.
Advocates for both courses of action will be at the statehouse Monday afternoon to testify before a special panel of state lawmakers which, by Nov. 1, must recommend to the State Board of Education whether to keep or ditch the standards.
Monday’s sessions, which you can watch here when it begins at 1 p.m., opens a formal debate Common Core opponents have sought for the past year-and-a-half. Expect to hear from parents, teachers and national experts from both sides.
Ahead of the meeting, we wanted to point you to seven posts that will help you understand Monday’s debate:
- Complex Common Core ‘Pause’ Bill Passes The General Assembly, April 27: ”Indiana lawmakers sent a lengthy piece of education legislation to Gov. Mike Pence’s desk late Friday night which, Common Core opponents say, throws the brakes on implementation of the nationally-crafted academic standards in the state’s classrooms.”
- Core Question: If Indiana Opts Out, Will Schools Still Get Common Core Texts?, April 23: ”If Indiana withdraws now, it’s likely that within the next few years the majority of textbooks will be aligned to the Common Core and it’ll be up to state education officials to create supplemental materials that reflect Indiana standards… If Indiana weren’t the only state to pull out of the Common Core, however, all of the above could be a different story.”
- How Teachers Are Explaining Common Core Standards To Students & Parents, January 31: ”Indiana students aren’t the only ones adjusting to the Common Core, a set of nationally-crafted academic standards adopted by 46 states and the District of Columbia. Their teachers have been tasked with explaining key changes of the new standards not just to students but to parents, too.”
- After Lawmakers Pause Common Core Implementation, Teachers Ask What’s Next, May 17: ”Common Core opponents celebrated an improbable victory last month after legislation to pause implementation of nationally-crafted academic standards passed the Indiana General Assembly. But what happens next is unclear. According to the bill Gov. Mike Pence signed into law last week, the State Board of Education can take no further action to implement the Common Core State Standards. Yet the legislation also leaves any standards adopted before May 15, 2013 in place.”
- Ritz: Pausing Common Core Rollout Keeps Standards, Assessments Aligned, June 18: ”Kindergarten and first grade teachers in Indiana are already teaching the Common Core, a set of nationally-crafted academic standards adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia. Second grade teachers were to make the switch during the 2013-14 school year. But guidance from the Indiana Department of Education issued last month says teachers in every grade except K-1 should continue teaching the old Indiana academic standards in tandem with the Common Core.”
- Why Indiana Is Scaling Back Participation In Common Core Testing Consortia PARCC, June 26: ”We dropped by the PARCC governing board meeting in Washington, D.C. — you know, just happened to be in the neighborhood — and noticed an absence: Indiana. State education officials didn’t participate in talks Wednesday to set performance expectations on new standardized tests aligned to a set of nationally-crafted academic standards known as the Common Core.”
- Here’s What State Education Officials Had To Say In Mandatory Common Core Report, July 15: ”Although State Superintendent Glenda Ritz has stopped short of saying whether Indiana should stick with the new, nationally-crafted academic standards, she’s said repeatedly the state has a serious remediation problem and needs to take a closer look at its math standards.The report her office put out reviewing the new standards includes stats from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.”