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Here's What State Education Officials Had To Say In Mandatory Common Core Report

Superintendent Glenda Ritz addresses the Indiana Youth Institute’s Postsecondary Counseling Institute.

Elle Moxley / StateImpact Indiana

Superintendent Glenda Ritz has said as Indiana reviews the Common Core, the focus needs to be on figuring out what standards will curb the need for remediation when students reach postsecondary education.

In a report on the Common Core State Standards that went to the governor and the State Board of Education earlier this month, Indiana Department of Education officials again emphasized the need for academic standards that prepare students for college and career.

“Nearly one-third of all 2011 high school graduates attending postsecondary schools in Indiana required costly remediation,” according to the report.

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.

(You’ll find the full Common Core report, including our notes, below the jump.)

State education officials had to submit a report on the Common Core to the governor, the state board, and the legislative study committee tasked with reviewing the new standards by July 1 as part of HB 1427, the complex pause proposal that passed the General Assembly this spring.

The review is short — just 8 pages — and doesn’t take a position on whether the Common Core is right for Indiana. Here’s what is in the report:

The legislative study committee will meet for the first time to hear testimony on the new standards at 1 p.m. Aug. 5. But it’s as yet unclear how much sway the review will have on the State Board of Education, which has the ultimate say in standards adoption. The board has until July 1, 2014, to make a decision on the Common Core.

“The IDOE recognizes that it is not the sole actor in this matter, and that state standards are not developed, approved and implemented by the department alone,” the report concludes. “Rather, standards come about through collaboration amont the IDOE, the public, educators from pre-K through postsecondary, the Education Roundtable and the State Board of Education.”

We’ve marked the full report with our comments below.


  • Jason

    isn’t there something about committees that will do the heavy lifting and ask for changes to common core? i didn’t read it in your story.

    • Jo Blacketor

      the Legislative committee will be making recommendations to the Indiana State Board of Education.

  • 801

    - Stop common core
    - Fire inadequate teachers
    - Reward good teachers
    - Allow educational choice for all parents

    Common core is like trying to fit round, square, triangular and star shaped pegs into an oval hole.

    • Jon Bordeaux

      How do you propose determining who is “inadequate” or “good” (or even great)?

    • Jo Blacketor

      But we weren’t able to deliver on the old Indiana standards…

      • Andrew Smith

        And so the answer is to go to these vague, dumbed-down national standards that Washington is trying to force us to adopt. We need more LOCAL control of schools and the curriculum, not a series of heavy-handed mandates from a hostile state government trying to force the square peg into the round hole that is national standards.

  • Jo Blacketor

    So why aren’t teachers complaining about having to teach to two (2) sets of standards… Common Core AND Indiana’s previous standards?

    • Andrew Smith

      I’m a teacher. The current Indiana standards are fine, comprehensive and solid. Those are the ones I plan to teach.


    All dentists should be fired if their patients come in with cavities because they didn’t brush their teeth. All doctors should be fired if their patients don’t lose weight that the doctor told them to lose. Sounds ridiculous doesn’t it. Why is it not ridiculous that teachers are the only ones being held accountable for students coming into school who haven’t studied because they didn’t want to or there wasn’t a parent who will help them at home? You can argue over standards, but until the other two legs of the three legged stool are held accountable it wont matter which ones you use. The other elephant in the room is that all students are not gifted in math and English, but have other gifts that should be developed given as much time and resources. I have been a teacher for 32 years and I’ve seen a lot of reforms come and go only because someone wanted to make money from their idea and their ‘evidence’ that supported it. Follow the money and see if you can figure out who wins by destroying public education. I bet it isn’t our children.

  • Carlos Danger

    Would love to see an analysis of all participants in these required meetings to review the Common Core. There will be some well-paid state officials sitting around for several hours chatting it up about the Common Core State Standards. It is interesting that cost is an issue for implementing them, but we are willing to use the same taxpayer dollars to have folks re-hash conversations that, as mentioned in Glenda’s report, happened 3 to 4 years ago. The report itself says that over 10,000 comments were submitted from states, including Indiana.

    While I respect the opinion and stance of those folks who are opposed to the Common Core State Standards, I do not understand how you can support the requirements of HEA 1427. Based on what I hear from opponents to the Core, and the fact that the SBOE reaffirmed support for the CCSS, it does not seem likely that these “conversations” will lead to a shift in opinion from either side.

    In the end, we are simply wasting more tax-payer dollars and playing politics with the lives of children across the state of Indiana.

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