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State Education Officials Outline Key Dates For New Standards

State Board members Brad Oliver, left, Troy Albert and Supt. Glenda Ritz listen to testimony on proposed standards during a public meeting in Sellersburg Feb. 24.

State Board members Brad Oliver, left, Troy Albert and Supt. Glenda Ritz listen to testimony on proposed standards during a public meeting in Sellersburg Feb. 24.

Indiana education officials are on track to approve new math and English language arts standards in April, albeit a little later than intended.

Proposed academic expectations were originally scheduled to go to the State Board April 9. But that meeting has been pushed back to give subject matter experts and outside reviewers more time to revise the standards.

A timeline posted to the Department of Education’s website Monday shows the draft standards are now on track to be approved sometime after the April 21 Education Roundtable meeting. That panel, which is co-chaired by Gov. Mike Pence and Supt. Glenda Ritz, must approve the final draft before it goes to the State Board.

The proposed standards draw heavily on the Common Core, as critics of the nationally-crafted standards are quick to point out.

Indiana education officials pushed back against criticism of the process during an update at the State Board meeting last week.

“People keep asking, ‘Why didn’t we start from scratch?’” says Indiana deputy superintendent Danielle Shockey. But she says the legislation that triggered the extensive review required the department start with the Common Core as a baseline for new standards.

Important Dates

  • March 14-18: Evaluation panels will review second draft of proposed standards individually. New drafts are based on feedback received during public and online comment period.
  • March 19-20: Evaluation panels will reconvene to revise second draft. The meeting will be held at the Department of Education, PNC Center, 1 South Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis. The public will be asked to check in and will not be able to interact with the evaluators. (That’s the same process as when the evaluation panels met last month.)
  • March 24-27: College- and career-readiness panel will review third draft of proposed standards individually.
  • March 28: College- and career-readiness panel will reconvene to make revisions.
  • April 8-11: College- and career-readiness panel will conduct a final review of the standards.
  • April 14: A final draft of the standards will be posted online.
  • April 21: The Education Roundtable will meet to review and approve the standards.
  • April 22-May 2: The State Board will schedule a meeting to approve new standards.

Comments

  • Erin Tuttle

    HB 1427 also stated that better standards could “supplement or supplant” the Common Core standards. The intent of the legislation wasn’t to pigeon hold them into Common Core, it was a base only; better standards could replace them if that was desired by the committees.

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