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K-12 educators and subject matter experts reviewed the state's academic standards and released a draft of new expectations last month.
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce wants to see more rigorous high school math standards and a recommended reading list added to the proposed expectations for schools the State Board will consider next month.
“The opponents of Common Core have talked a lot about the so-called ‘common algorithm’ in elementary math,” says Education and Workforce Development Vice President Derek Redelman. “That has been part of our old standards and we’ve suggested those ought to be part of it.”
State education officials released drafts of new academic standards to replace Common Core last month. The pro-Common Core Chamber commissioned its own review to compare the proposed standards to those in other states.
The review looked at standards in three states: Massachusetts, which has adopted the Common Core, and Virginia and Texas, which have not. Redelman says the point of the review was to make sure that there’s nothing missing in Indiana’s next set of student expectations. Continue Reading →
Today, a spokeswoman from Penn-Harris-Madison schools announced that administrators will use a similarly creative tactic to make up for the multitude of weather-related cancellations this winter.
An “eLearning” plan will be implemented in P-H-M schools from March 17 to May 12, Teresa Carroll said.
Teachers will provide students with a variety of online assignments to do outside the school day. And schools will make accommodations for students who don’t have a home computer or Internet access. Continue Reading →
The changes coming to the exam are extensive: The SAT’s rarefied vocabulary words will be replaced by words that are common in college courses, such as “empirical” and “synthesis.” The math questions, now scattered widely across many topics, will focus more narrowly on linear equations, functions and proportional thinking. The use of a calculator will no longer be allowed on some of the math sections. The new exam will be available on paper and computer, and the scoring will revert to the old 1600 scale, with a top score of 800 on math and what will now be called “Evidence-Based Reading and Writing.” The optional essay will have a separate score.
Once the pre-eminent college admissions exam, the SAT has recently lost ground to the ACT, which is based more directly on high school curriculums and is now taken by a slightly higher number of students. Continue Reading →
Publishers are marketing textbooks as aligned to Common Core, but new research suggests the material may not match up closely with the nationally-crafted expectations for what students should know and learn at each grade level.
Around this time last year, a reader asked if Indiana would still get Common Core-aligned textbooks if state lawmakers voted to exit the initiative.
Indiana and 44 other states agreed to use the common expectations in 2010. But as it’s now likely the state will become the first to withdraw from an agreement to share standards, we felt it was time to revisit the question.
According to a report from the Office of Management and Budget, a majority of Indiana school districts have already shelled out for new textbooks and curriculum. And while the proposed expectations state education officials will consider next month overlap with Common Core, they also include Indiana-specific content.
But whether Indiana will remain a large enough market to get its own textbooks is anyone’s guess. Last month, two researchers announced textbooks boasting alignment to the nationally-crafted Common Core standards may not conform to the new expectations after all. From Education Week:
But in a Feb. 21 presentation of his research at a seminar in Los Angeles hosted by the Education Writers Association, William Schmidt, a professor of statistics and education at Michigan State University in East Lansing, dismissed most purveyors of such claims as “snake oil salesmen” who have done little more than slap shiny new stickers on the same books they’ve been selling for years. Continue Reading →
“My initial reaction when I saw what we were going to be doing in the classroom with these fourth, fifth and sixth graders was, ‘I don’t think this going to work,’” says Brauch. “But spending two years doing this in the classroom, I really saw that many of the ideas in Common Core were working.” Continue Reading →
Rockville Elementary Principal Jeff Eslinger, right, watches as a sixth grade teacher helps a student with a math lesson. A turnaround specialist from the Indiana Department of Education was on-site to track implementation of the school improvement plan.
The School City of Hammond is removing principals at five schools that received failing grades as part of a state-directed turnaround effort.
The district already has notified five principals they will be removed. They are Hammond High School’s principal and principals at Hess, Harding, Edison and Irving Elementary schools.
Edison Principal Marsha Frey acknowledged the school dropped from a B in 2011 to an F in 2012 and 2013, and said there were too many children who showed low growth. She said the priority areas for improvement include focusing on English/language arts and third- and fourth-grade math students.
Parent Judy Flanagan said the principal and teachers are dedicated, and she’s witnessed teachers working with struggling students. Continue Reading →
[Muncie Superintendent Tim] Heller said that in response to the many community members who voiced concern that if that amount was needed to open this fall, why didn’t they just use Southside as the main high school?
“The Southside building is not big enough to put the two student bodies in,” he said. “And we only need some of those things on the list to be able to open in August and that’s the (wall) dividers, lockers, some painting and the water fountains.” Continue Reading →
Pence is headed to the Shepherd Community Center in Indianapolis this morning to visit pre-K classrooms and renew his appeal. The governor already made a rare appearance before the General Assembly earlier this month to back a pre-K bill from Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis.
It hasn’t been an easy session for the governor, who has had trouble advancing many of his legislative priorities. Tuesday, lawmakers sent a Pence-backed plan to pay teachers to relocate to struggling schools to summer study committee. Continue Reading →
State Board of Education members Cari Whicker and Sarah O'Brien listen during the Indianapolis public meeting on academic standards.
It’s not often proponents and opponents of Common Core agree.
But speakers on both sides of the aisle told state education officials Tuesday at a public hearing in Indianapolis there are just too many proposed academic standards to teach.
Schauna Findlay is president of the Indiana Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and reviewed the standards for the state’s pro-Common Core Chamber of Commerce. Findlay says the educator teams who developed the drafts have included more standards than teachers can get through in a year.
“Everything they said ‘this is a good standard’ was included in the draft standards without paying attention to have we now completely overloaded a particular grade level with additional content?” she says.
Findlay says in elementary math, Indiana has added a number of probability and measurement standards without subtracting anything. Continue Reading →
State Board of Education member Brad Oliver and state superintendent Glenda Ritz listen during the board's January 2014 meeting.
StateImpact Indiana caught up with State Board of Education member Brad Oliver in Sellersburg Monday night during a public meeting to discuss proposed academic standards. Oliver has been active in the ongoing standards evaluation process and answered a few questions about the draft standards likely to replace Common Core in Indiana.
We’ve included a transcript of our conversation with Oliver below.
StateImpact Indiana: Tell me a little more about the kind of feedback you’re looking for at this point. I know you’ve said you want comments on specific standards, feedback that helps shape the draft process. Is that what you feel you’re getting?
Right now I’m still hearing a lot of folks talking about the process. Not that I’m not concerned with that, but I really believe — and I’m on the record saying this — in the process we’re using. I want to hear more about concerns about the actual language of the standards, particularly from folks who are concerned about use of the Common Core. They’re noticing a lot of standards that are similar or the same. … What I’m still waiting to hear is actual specifics on particular standards at grades K-1 in math and other areas where I keep hearing concerns about how the standards are worded or structured. I’d like to hear more about that from folks who are concerned. Continue Reading →
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