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Ritz: After Common Core Review, ‘Indiana Will Be Adopting A New Set Of Standards’

State Board of Education member Brad Oliver and state superintendent Glenda Ritz listen during a January 2014 meeting.

Kyle Stokes / StateImpact Indiana

State Board of Education member Brad Oliver and state superintendent Glenda Ritz listen during a board meeting.

Many Hoosier educators took Gov. Mike Pence’s remarks about education standards in his State of the State address as an indicator Indiana is moving away from the Common Core.

Though Pence did not mention the nationally-crafted academic standards by name, he made clear he favored student expectations set at the state level during his annual address.

But it wasn’t news to the state’s top education official, who says that’s been the plan all along.

“We always adopt our own standards,” says state superintendent Glenda Ritz. “It just so happens that in 2010 the State Board of Education adopted the Common Core as its standards. We are reviewing those standards. I’m pretty confident there are going to be changes to those standards. And Indiana will be adopting a new set of standards.”

Ritz’s Department of Education is currently working with the State Board of Education to review the state’s academic standards — a requirement of Common Core “pause” legislation passed in 2013. But she says teams of educators and experts are also looking at the old Indiana Academic Standard indicators teachers were still using as the state made the switch to Common Core.

As a result, the end product won’t be based on any one set of standards.

“To just give a very simple, elementary example: In reading, you teach kids how to find the main idea in a passage,” says Ritz. “The main idea is found in Common Core. It’s found in our Indiana Academic Standards.”

Right now the State Board’s deadline for adopting new academic standards is July 1 — and Ritz says the education panel needs to hit their mark if they want to roll out new assessments in time for the 2015-16 school year.

Board member Andrea Neal doesn’t think Indiana needs the extra time state lawmakers have proposed.

“It isn’t that hard because we’ve got some exceptional models that are already out there,  including our prior standards,” she told StateImpact. “We are not reinventing the wheel.”

Comments

  • Jme

    What’s the rush? The important thing is to get it done right, not to get it done fast.

    • Hannah JoanneMorgan

      Sooooo true! This SHOULD NOT be rushed… just look at the hot mess that happened in New York.

    • Karynb9

      Schools don’t have the luxury of “not getting it done fast.” We need to know what assessments our kids are going to be tested with…and we need to know what standards we need to teach in order to get them ready for those assessments. The federal government has already set a timetable and this “one year pause” we’ve already been forced to take has put Indiana behind. We can’t just refuse to educate kids for a year while the legislature takes another year of “We’ll go ahead and pause for a year to let everyone ‘re-evaluate’ things…and if you don’t change your minds and drop Common Core, we’ll just pause and ‘re-evaluate’ another year until you DO.”

      • Dedicated Teacher

        Darn it, Indiana, just tell me what to teach and then
        get out of my way!

        • Hannah JoanneMorgan

          How ’bout… teach what you know to be good for the kids, and let when Indiana figures out what they want to do, start integrating it into what you teach. But yes… politicians need to get out of the way!!!!

          • Cami Baker

            Very well said Hannah! I couldn’t agree more. I believe teachers need to only be told the basics and leave the teaching up to the ones who work daily with the children and who know and understand what works and what doesn’t. :)

      • Hannah JoanneMorgan

        We don’t refuse to educate our kids. We take what we know to be good teaching, do the best we can with it… and when they make up their minds about what “standards” they want, then we do what we can with it. When policies are rushed, and everyone plays the “Hurry! Hurry” game, deep, abiding damage is done. I say… don’t rush the standards… BUT THEN… don’t rush the assessments either. This shouldn’t be “ready, fire, aim”… but that appears to be what happened in New York… as a result, 30% of the kids past… does that mean that the majority of NY students suddenly became stupid? No, it means things were done at a ridiculous, careless pace that doesn’t honor the process of education. We need to get the corporatists out of the classroom.

        • Karynb9

          Your version of what needs to happen is a great reflection on what SHOULD have been…but we’re looking at reality now, and the reality is that the clock has already been set by the federal government (NCLB waiver requirements) and Indiana is falling behind. You mentioned that you taught kindergarten for years, but I wonder if your stance on the urgency of getting these standards and assessments figured out would be different if you were teaching third grade or fourth grade or any other ISTEP-tested grade. Most primary assessments are skills-based and not standards-based, so Indiana Academic Standards vs. CCSS doesn’t really have a bearing on the results of those skills-based assessments. Not the same in higher grades.

          • indyscott

            If the federal government stayed out of education then none of this would be an issue. We need to end the Federal Department of Education instead of taking orders from them just to receive our tax money back with strings attached.

          • Hannah JoanneMorgan

            I’m teaching 3rd grade this year… and I have a very passive-aggressive feeling about it. I’m so sick of the “urgency” that is shoved down our throats in the name of “America’s falling behind due to low standards.” Fact of the matter is, America has NEVER been #1 in testing… other countries wanted to emulate America, because we’ve been known for creative innovative thinking. Now THAT’S being destroyed because everyone’s freaking out about test scores and shoving test-prep down teachers’ & students’ throats (thank you NCLB & RTTT). I DO get it… I’ve taught in schools that have been threatened with closure due to low test scores… I’ve also taught in “A” schools. It’s not the teachers. It’s not the standards. It’s the socio-economic level of the kids. The urgency is really just the poisoned Kool-ade of corporate education reform… again, we need to get the corporate-friendly / education-foe politicians OUT of the classroom. THEY are ruining education.

  • Hannah JoanneMorgan

    If any Common Core is to be interwoven with the Indiana State Standards, TEAMS of teachers need to have input. Having taught the Indiana Standards & CC at the kindergarten level, I can vouch for the fact that not ALL of the CC standards are developmentally appropriate.

    • Steven Hunt

      common core is an absolute failure and should not be taught in any school. its just a way for liberals to implement and indoctrinate their beliefs in our school systems instead of actually teaching the students

      • Jme

        Common core is not a product of liberals. People from across the political spectrum oppose Common Core on the grounds that it is junk science, concocted by corporatists, not teachers or educators, and implemented with little to no input from families with students who will be subjected to it. Remember, in Indiana Common Core was brought to us by Mitch Daniels and Tony Bennett, not the “liberals”.

        • Steven Hunt

          common core is absolutely a product of the left. Maybe a few GOP but mainly its leftish BS being shoved down our kids throats by liberal blowhards. i am absolutely against CC

          • Nikki Jones

            That’s funny. I am liberal and am against implementing the common core. Also… last I checked, Republicans wanted it here in Indiana. Get your facts straight. Bennett/Daniels.

          • Cami Baker

            Ok now Nikki I am a Republican, BUT I do NOT support the CC, so with that being said maybe we should ALL leave political parties out of the blame game and figure out a way to all work together to fix this mess! :)

    • Holly Drury

      I agree… why is my fourth grader spending 4+ weeks on Greek Mythology?

      • Steven Hunt

        get your facts straight nikki jones its not the republicans across this country pushing common core its obama, reid, pelosi and all the other anti-American left wing liberals out to destroy this country of ours and to proudly claim to be liberal right now? clearly you aren’t too bright

        • Jme

          Wrong again. Common Core was developed by the National Governors Association and adopted by 45 states. It’s not being pushed on us; it’s optional for the states. It is and was supported by many conservative governors (Mitch Daniels, Jeb Bush, Jan Brewer, Haley Barbour, Bobby Jindal, and Pence until now…) Politically, I’m more like Nikki Jones (above). I lean liberal/progressive and have never supported common core or the assessment testing that comes with it.

          • Steven Hunt

            stop the lies! obama and his liberal cronies are absolutely in support of common core. it’s a left wing political machine driving common core down the throats of our children. its wrong!

          • Muncie Voice

            Steven, you’re wrong. You need to research Common Core beyond your Fox News echo chamber. You’ll find this was a corporate, free market driven program along with charter schools and data collection by large educational institutions and foundations looking to privatize public schools. Your assessment is all wrong.

            If you pay attention, you’ll also hear the Koch brothers and Fox News stepping up the rhetoric about how progressives were duped by Obama and Common Core is their evidence that Arne Duncan and Obama are taking over public education.

            Once again, they are half right because they think Obama is some liberal and progressive God, but he’s not. His policies have been much in line with Bush. He and his buddy tried to take down public education in Chicago, but it didn’t work. He’s a shill for the Third Way – Wall Street Democrats who want desperately to get public dollars set aside for education and pension assets. They also want to break the unions.

          • Steven Hunt

            no, i am right. Common Core is a tool of the left used to indoctrinate our children into thinking obama is a god and liberalism is way to succeed in life. It’s just left wing propaganda. This has nothing to do with the Koch brothers and Foxnews. Stop the blame GOP crap its getting old. Obama is president not Bush..u got it? By the way Obama is a far left liberal its the truth its not just someone’s opinion. anyways obama is a million times worse than Bush. At least Bush is a patriot who loves our country unlike obummer

          • Muncie Voice

            No, you’re ignorant of the facts. Obama tried to destroy teacher unions in Chicago with his staff member as the mayor. He’s not put one banker in jail. He gave us RomneyCare instead of universal medicine. He bailed out businesses and banks, and continued feeding the financial sector money through the Fed which inflated the stock market. Income inequality has gotten worse. He’s trying to force feed congress a trade pact that is contrary to all liberal principles and he uses drones which are killing innocent civilians. Not to mention the spying on citizens which have taken place.

            Steven, not sure where you get your information, but I can guess because of how you parrot lines of rhetoric, but you’re dead wrong of the facts. Use your brain for what God intended – it’s a tool. All the evidence is there to make up your own mind. You don’t need the “media” to tell you anything. You were trained in school to use those skills, now use them and break down the actual facts and figures to draw your own conclusions.

          • Steven Hunt

            obama is the worst president ever and i agree with what you are saying

          • Jeffersonian

            Muncie Voice: If the Koch Brothers developed National School Standards that they spent $2.5 BILLION developing, I know you and the left would be screaming “Crony Capitalism”! Bill Gates spent $2.5 BILLION developing these standards, and since he has the copyright then he stands to reap a much larger return on his money! Not only will he get money on the books and tests with copyrights, this A-Hole is requiring the tests to be taken electronically on what type of computer? I’ll give you a guess, it has an apple with a bite taken out of it! Yes, Bill Gates will get more and more money since Apple will be selling all of the schools Common Core computers that are required. This thing was NOT developed by Governors, let alone asked to be developed by them! This garbage was generated by people working for Gates who had NO EXPERIENCE as an Educator! The only 2 college professors on the advisory board, QUIT because the standards were so bad that they would lower the current standards by 2 grade levels! Hell, Congress wasn’t even consulted much less VOTED on them! There was ZERO transparency, and there was ZERO credible people that helped in creating or approving them! Go do your own homework, and stop believing the LIES and propaganda that MediaMatters post!

          • Muncie Voice

            Well, you have some truth in there, but you’ve also gotten the players inaccurate.

            What does Bill Gates have to do with Apple computers? Bill Gates owns Microsoft which runs on PC’s.

            Also, Bill Gates does not represent the left, never has and never will. Progressives have been the ones raising the stink about Common Core from the beginning, and you’ll have to understand the Governors Association role in this to understand the motives. You’ll also have to understand who is behind Common Core and who gains to profit from it. Yes, Bill Gates is behind it, and so are a few other notable testing companies like Pearson and don’t forget, Warren Buffett stands to profit from it.

            Spend some time researching Diane Ravitch, and follow her blog. Mercedes Schneider is also another expert – http://deutsch29.wordpress.com/.

            Read up before you shout from the rooftops because you are spreading misinformation. It wouldn’t hurt you to read http://muncievoice.com either. Catch up, and then share what you learn.

          • Jeffersonian
          • Jeffersonian

            Dr. Anthony Esolen of Providence College in Rhode Island:

            “What appalls me most about the standards … is the cavalier contempt for great works of human art and thought, in literary form. It is a sheer ignorance of the life of the imagination. We are not programming machines. We are teaching children. We are not producing functionaries, factory-like. We are to be forming the minds and hearts of men and women… to be human beings, honoring what is good and right and cherishing what is beautiful.”

            Second, Dr. Thomas Newkirk of University of New Hampshire:

            The standards are portrayed as so consensual, so universally endorsed, so thoroughly researched and vetted, so self-evidently necessary to economic progress, so broadly representative of beliefs in the educational community—that they cease to be even debatable… The principle of opportunity costs prompts us to ask: “What conversations won’t we be having?” Since the CCSS virtually ignore poetry, will we cease to speak about it? What about character education, service learning? What about fiction writing in the upper high school grades? What about the arts that are not amenable to standardized testing? … We lose opportunities when we cease to discuss these issues and allow the CCSS to completely set the agenda, when the only map is the one it creates.”

            Third, Dr. Daniel Coupland of Hillsdale College:

            “Yes, man is made for work, but he’s also made for so much more… Education should be about the highest things. We should study these things of the stars, plant cells, Mozart’s Requiem… not simply because they’ll get us into the right college or into the right line of work. Rather, we should study these noble things because they can tell us who we are, why we’re here… If education has become –as Common Core openly declares– preparation for work in a global economy, then this situation is far worse than Common Core critics ever anticipated. And the concerns about cost, and quality, and yes, even the constitutionality of Common Core, pale in comparison to the concerns for the hearts, minds, and souls of American children.”

            Fourth, Dr. Christopher Tienken of Seton Hall University:

            “Education reform in the United States is being driven largely by ideology, rhetoric, and dogma instead of evidence…. Where is the evidence of the efficacy of the standards? … Let us be very frank: The CCSS are no improvement over the current set of state standards. The CCSS are simply another set of lists of performance objectives.”

            Fifth and Sixth, Dr. James Milgram (Stanford University) and Dr. Sandra Stotsky (University of Arkansas):

            “We hear no proponents or endorsers of Common Core’s standards warning this country about the effects of the college-readiness level in Common Core’s mathematics standards on postsecondary and post-baccalaureate academic and professional programs. We hear no proponents or
            endorsers of Common Core’s standards advising district superintendents and state education policy makers on the kind of mathematics curriculum and courses they need to make available in our secondary schools if our undergraduate engineering colleges are to enroll American students.
            At this time we can only conclude that a gigantic fraud has been perpetrated on this country, in particular on parents in this country, by those developing, promoting, or endorsing Common Core’s standards. We have no illusion that the college-readiness level in ELA will be any more demanding than Common Core’s college-readiness level in mathematics.” – Sept. 2013 paper: Can This Country Survive Common Core’s College
            Readiness Level? by R. James Milgram and Sandra Stotsky

            Seventh, Dr. Alan Manning of Brigham Young University:

            “The Core standards just set in concrete approaches to reading/writing that we already know don’t work very well. Having the Core standards set in concrete means that any attempts to innovate and improve reading/writing instruction will certainly be crushed. Actual learning outcomes will stagnate at best. An argument can be made that any improvement in reading/writing instruction should include more rather than less attention the reading/analysis of stories known to effective in terms of structure (i.e. “classic” time-tested stories). An argument can be made that any improvement in reading/writing instruction should include more rather than fewer exercises where students write stories themselves that are modeled on the classics. This creates a more stable foundation on which students can build skills for other kinds of writing. The Core standards would prevent public schools from testing these kinds of approaches.”

            Eighth, Dr. Bill Evers of Hoover Institute at Stanford University:

            “The Common Core — effectively national math and English curriculum standards coming soon to a school near you — is supposed to be a new, higher bar that will take the United States from the academic doldrums to international dominance.

            So why is there so much unhappiness about it? There didn’t seem to be much just three years ago. Back then, state school boards and governors were sprinting to adopt the Core. In practically the blink of an eye, 45 states had signed on.

            But states weren’t leaping because they couldn’t resist the Core’s academic magnetism. They were leaping because it was the Great Recession — and the Obama administration was dangling a $4.35 billion Race to the Top carrot in front of them. Big points in that federal program were awarded for adopting the Core, so, with little public debate, most did.”

            Ninth: Dr. Terrence Moore of Hillsdale College:

            “Literature is the study of human nature. If we dissect it in this meaningless way, kids not only do not become college and career ready, they don’t even have a love of learning; they don’t even have an understanding of their fellow men… The thing that bothers me more than anything else is found on page number one of the introduction. That says that Common Core is a living work. That means that the thing that you vote on today could be something different tomorrow, and five years from now it is completely unrecognizable.”

            Tenth: Dr. William Mathis, of the University of Colorado

            “The adoption of a set of standards and assessments, by themselves, is unlikely to improve learning, increase test scores, or close the achievement gap.
            • For schools and districts with weak or non-existent curriculum articulation, the CCSS may adequately serve as a basic curriculum.
            • The assessment consortia are currently focused on mathematics and English/language arts. Schools, districts, and states must take proactive steps to protect other vital purposes of education such as citizenship, the arts, and maximizing individual talents – as well as the sciences and social sciences. As testbased penalties have increased, the instructional attention given to non-tested areas has decreased.
            • Educators and policymakers need to be aware of the significant costs in instructional materials, training and computerized testing platforms the CCSS requires. It is unlikely the federal or state governments will adequately cover these costs.
            • The nation’s “international economic competitiveness” is unlikely to be affected by the presence or absence of national standards.”

          • Mr. Kinetik

            Steven, you are wrong. Common Core was developed by the National Governors Association, which doesn’t include all governors. Most of Common Core was initiated by groups and people with private interests. Bill Gates is one of the key financial supporters of Common Core. It’s sad that you would take to the Internet and attempt to use Common Core as a reason to express your distaste for President Obama. I don’t agree with many of President Obama’s decisions about education, including employing Arne Duncan, but I have done enough research to know he is not the key contributor to Common Core. If you are going to be upset about something, you need to be upset with the correct parties. Otherwise you just sound like bitter and your energy is misplaced.

          • Steven Hunt

            Common Core straight up came from the white house. Stop blaming governors for Obama’s screw ups Absolutely Common Core is 1 of a million reasons to protest obama’s absolute horrible leadership. Common Core is a product of the left and no one can deny that.

          • Jeffersonian

            Common Core was NOT adopted by the National Governors Association, and if you believe that then either you are part of the dissemination of disinformation/LIES or you are believing propaganda. Common Core was developed by Bill Gates Foundation, and they spent over $2.5 Billion. The only thing that they’ve spent more money on was aborting black babies and birth control for blacks/minorities. Do you think THAT SLIMEBALL is someone that will look after you or your kids best interest? If so, then you need to stop believing the Left’s lies and seek the truth. While Hillary and Bill Clinton claim to be America’s 1st black president, why don’t you go read up on their trashed the mom of Bill’s illigitimate son that he never paid a dime of child support or visited. Why?? Because he’s black! Instead, the Clinton’s called her every name in the book along with his own son! While the left claim’s the Republicans are the KKK party, go do your homework on why Dem’s are the one’s always the one’s being racist! They don’t give 2 shiiits about blacks. This Common Core Curriculm is going to make it even harder for blacks to obtain a college degree! How do you get out of poverty?? HIGHER EDUCATION! Why is it everytime Democrats gain power, the standards of living goes down for blacks? Why does unemployment goes up for blacks? That’s all by design. Obama is a muslim. Obama isn’t black, much less cares about blacks! Everything Obama has done has hurt everyone BUT the WHITE RICH MAN and MUSLIMS! Obamacare even had a clause to exempt MUSLIMS! So, you tell me who has you or your kid’s best interest! If Obama had his way, he would have included a clause to ban School Vouchers! Obama and the Dems HATE school vouchers? Why? They don’t want blacks going to the schools their kids go to! That’s what some Dem’s have even been caught saying! So, don’t tell me that the Democrats and their Common Core are doing something great!

          • Jeffersonian

            BILL GATES even admits he will make MORE money on TEACHING people to TEACH COMMON CORE! The richest man in the world, is now using YOU and other taxpayers to make even MORE money! Is this just sick, or is it SICK!?! Do you want your local tax dollars going to this guy, or do you want it invested back into your community or schools??

            http://www.glennbeck.com/2013/09/24/did-bill-gates-admit-the-real-purpose-of-common-core/

          • Jeffersonian

            A TOP TEN LIST OF AMERICAN PROFESSORS WHO SPEAK OUT AGAINST COMMON CORE

            Dr. Anthony Esolen of Providence College in Rhode Island:

            “What appalls me most about the standards … is the cavalier contempt for great works of human art and thought, in literary form. It is a sheer ignorance of the life of the imagination. We are not programming machines. We are teaching children. We are not producing functionaries, factory-like. We are to be forming the minds and hearts of men and women… to be human beings, honoring what is good and right and cherishing what is beautiful.”

            Second, Dr. Thomas Newkirk of University of New Hampshire:

            The standards are portrayed as so consensual, so universally endorsed, so thoroughly researched and vetted, so self-evidently necessary to economic progress, so broadly representative of beliefs in the educational community—that they cease to be even debatable… The principle of opportunity costs prompts us to ask: “What conversations won’t we be having?” Since the CCSS virtually ignore poetry, will we cease to speak about it? What about character education, service learning? What about fiction writing in the upper high school grades? What about the arts that are not amenable to standardized testing? … We lose opportunities when we cease to discuss these issues and allow the CCSS to completely set the agenda, when the only map is the one it creates.”

            Third, Dr. Daniel Coupland of Hillsdale College:

            “Yes, man is made for work, but he’s also made for so much more… Education should be about the highest things. We should study these things of the stars, plant cells, Mozart’s Requiem… not simply because they’ll get us into the right college or into the right line of work. Rather, we should study these noble things because they can tell us who we are, why we’re here… If education has become –as Common Core openly declares– preparation for work in a global economy, then this situation is far worse than Common Core critics ever anticipated. And the concerns about cost, and quality, and yes, even the constitutionality of Common Core, pale in comparison to the concerns for the hearts, minds, and souls of American children.”

            Fourth, Dr. Christopher Tienken of Seton Hall University:

            “Education reform in the United States is being driven largely by ideology, rhetoric, and dogma instead of evidence…. Where is the evidence of the efficacy of the standards? … Let us be very frank: The CCSS are no improvement over the current set of state standards. The CCSS are simply another set of lists of performance objectives.”

            Fifth and Sixth, Dr. James Milgram (Stanford University) and Dr. Sandra Stotsky (University of Arkansas):

            “We hear no proponents or endorsers of Common Core’s standards warning this country about the effects of the college-readiness level in Common Core’s mathematics standards on postsecondary and post-baccalaureate academic and professional programs. We hear no proponents or
            endorsers of Common Core’s standards advising district superintendents and state education policy makers on the kind of mathematics curriculum and courses they need to make available in our secondary schools if our undergraduate engineering colleges are to enroll American students.
            At this time we can only conclude that a gigantic fraud has been perpetrated on this country, in particular on parents in this country, by those developing, promoting, or endorsing Common Core’s standards. We have no illusion that the college-readiness level in ELA will be any more demanding than Common Core’s college-readiness level in mathematics.” – Sept. 2013 paper: Can This Country Survive Common Core’s College
            Readiness Level? by R. James Milgram and Sandra Stotsky

            Seventh, Dr. Alan Manning of Brigham Young University:

            “The Core standards just set in concrete approaches to reading/writing that we already know don’t work very well. Having the Core standards set in concrete means that any attempts to innovate and improve reading/writing instruction will certainly be crushed. Actual learning outcomes will stagnate at best. An argument can be made that any improvement in reading/writing instruction should include more rather than less attention the reading/analysis of stories known to effective in terms of structure (i.e. “classic” time-tested stories). An argument can be made that any improvement in reading/writing instruction should include more rather than fewer exercises where students write stories themselves that are modeled on the classics. This creates a more stable foundation on which students can build skills for other kinds of writing. The Core standards would prevent public schools from testing these kinds of approaches.”

            Eighth, Dr. Bill Evers of Hoover Institute at Stanford University:

            “The Common Core — effectively national math and English curriculum standards coming soon to a school near you — is supposed to be a new, higher bar that will take the United States from the academic doldrums to international dominance.

            So why is there so much unhappiness about it? There didn’t seem to be much just three years ago. Back then, state school boards and governors were sprinting to adopt the Core. In practically the blink of an eye, 45 states had signed on.

            But states weren’t leaping because they couldn’t resist the Core’s academic magnetism. They were leaping because it was the Great Recession — and the Obama administration was dangling a $4.35 billion Race to the Top carrot in front of them. Big points in that federal program were awarded for adopting the Core, so, with little public debate, most did.”

            Ninth: Dr. Terrence Moore of Hillsdale College:

            “Literature is the study of human nature. If we dissect it in this meaningless way, kids not only do not become college and career ready, they don’t even have a love of learning; they don’t even have an understanding of their fellow men… The thing that bothers me more than anything else is found on page number one of the introduction. That says that Common Core is a living work. That means that the thing that you vote on today could be something different tomorrow, and five years from now it is completely unrecognizable.”

            Tenth: Dr. William Mathis, of the University of Colorado

            “The adoption of a set of standards and assessments, by themselves, is unlikely to improve learning, increase test scores, or close the achievement gap.
            • For schools and districts with weak or non-existent curriculum articulation, the CCSS may adequately serve as a basic curriculum.
            • The assessment consortia are currently focused on mathematics and English/language arts. Schools, districts, and states must take proactive steps to protect other vital purposes of education such as citizenship, the arts, and maximizing individual talents – as well as the sciences and social sciences. As testbased penalties have increased, the instructional attention given to non-tested areas has decreased.
            • Educators and policymakers need to be aware of the significant costs in instructional materials, training and computerized testing platforms the CCSS requires. It is unlikely the federal or state governments will adequately cover these costs.
            • The nation’s “international economic competitiveness” is unlikely to be affected by the presence or absence of national standards.”

          • Jeffersonian

            Bill Gates ADMITS he doesn’t know if his Common Core program is even going to work! He states he won’t know for at least 10 years! So, he is using American Children (primarily minorities because many whites will chose to homeschool) that YOU ARE GUINEA PIGS!! Do you want your child to be a lab rat, and tested to see if their education curriculum will result in college readiness?

            http://www.utahnsagainstcommoncore.com/bill-gates-giant-admission-on-common-core/

        • Yancy Unger

          The agenda is less from politicians and more from corporations and organizations like Pearson and the College Board. Coporations-lobbyists-politicians-legislators-policy.

    • Jeffersonian

      They just adopted the standards, and they just rebranded it to “Indiana Common Core”. Bill Gates will be the only one profiting from this because his foundation gets the profits from the copyright. They knew that Common Core is despised by Americans, so they just released the Science Common Core Standards to “Next Generation Science Standards”. So, I can already hear them say “Well, if you are against Next Generation Science Standards, then you must be against the Next Generation or against Progress and Technology! Occupy Wallstreet even protests Common Core because Bill Gates and Apple will get every computer and ipad contract from every school because tests have to be taken on APPLE computers! Nothing wrong there folks!

  • Sam

    This is absolutely ludicrous. I am so glad I am retiring. I am so tired of the students being guinea pigs, and teachers having to revamp everything every bloody year.

  • Sam

    Who cares what party is the culprit behind common core, grading schools, pushing students to unrealistic goals, and causing teachers nightmares? Who cares if you are liberal or conservative? Just fix what we are putting our students through. That ladies and genlemen is the bottom line.

    • Jeffersonian

      Unfortunately, our State Legislators LIED! They just rebranded Common Core to “Indiana Common Core”! Compare our new standards to Common Core, and they are exactly the same. Just a couple things were tweaked, but that’s about it!

  • Concerned Parent

    I have been researching Common Core for the past two years and I have even taken a trip to Washington DC to the offices of the National Governors Association (located on the second floor of the Hall of States Building at 400 N Capital St NW) and I asked them about the CC. Their reply to me was that “we have nothing to do with education and have no idea where people keep getting the idea we do”. That was July 24, 2013. If you “follow the money” back to the beginning, it is a liberal/progressive project that was introduced during Clinton admin. but was refused by congress. It was brought out again once the current admin. took office and it was pushed by both parties but they did a better job of hiding it from the public this time. It was pushed by Bennett here in Indiana and Daniels trusted what Bennett told him and we all know now that Bennett was less than truthful (borderline corrupt). There is plenty of blame to go around for both sides. The important thing now is to make sure the students in the State of Indiana get the best educational start that is possible for them (which was not the CC). I have been in meetings with members of the SBOE, Pence’s office, Bosma’s office, and there seems to be a new plan going forward to include teachers from K-12 as well as higher education and parents! As it should have been in the first place. There will be three public hearings put on by the SBOE starting in mid February (from what I have been told) in northern, central and southern Indiana as well as online testimony from the public so everyone will have the opportunity to voice their opinion on what the standards should contain. PLEASE attend one of the public hearings in your area if possible but also submit an online testimony for the SBOE.

  • Jeffersonian

    This is a COMPLETE LIE! Go read the Indiana Code Ritz! It states that you are just taking Common Core and modifying where needed. Now that they are out, it’s apparent that you did just that! Changing Common Core to “Indiana Common Core” is NOT throwing out Common Core! This “standard” throws out classical literature, and replaces with liberal propaganda and Common Core propaganda. The math standards are low, and then you look at the states implementing the Common Core curriculum anyone with a brain can see that their “New Math” is not only stupid but a waste of time. As an Engineer, I know that if I had this curriculum when I was going through school, then I wouldn’t have been an Engineer because there is no way that I would have been prepared.

    I will speak with every Indiana Rep, and Congressional Rep, to demand this garbage thrown out. This is nothing more than “No child Left Behind” but on Steroids. There is not a shred of evidence that this will improve our kids education compared to other nations. You just took “no child left behind” and threw out the ability of schools at the local level to get rid of it. So, we WILL get rid of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations Common Core and their financial windfall from the copyrights! We are fed up with the “Bigger Government” mentality, and brainwashing our children into thinking government is great and America sucks because it’s full of racists and needs more sexual deviants. SCREW YOU!

  • http://www.marktraina.webs.com Mark N Starla Traina

    CRUSH the COMMON CORE CURRICULUM and …

    …and RE-EDUCATE our OFFSPRING about the PERILS of COMMUNISM, the IMPORTANCE of CHRISTIANITY and RECREATE the AMERICAN DREAM!

    NAAWP AGENDA 2015

    NATIONAL ASSOCIATION for the ADVANCEMENT of WHITE PEOPLE – 2014

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