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‘It May Be A Little Quicker Than In The Past,’ But Proposed Standards Are Ready

Audrey Fetters, a kindergarten teacher at Flint Springs Elementary in Huntington, flips through notes she took during a meeting on Common Core implementation.

Elle Moxley / StateImpact Indiana

Audrey Fetters, a kindergarten teacher at Flint Springs Elementary in Huntington, flips through notes she took on Common Core implementation. She doesn't think the standards are developmentally appropriate for kids.

State education officials released drafts of new academic standards to the public late Wednesday night, kicking off a three-week period for parents and educators to offer feedback on the next set of expectations for Indiana schools.

The 98-page document outlines what K-12 students should know and learn in English language arts and math at each grade level.

Educators who worked on the drafts consider them a hybrid of the nationally-crafted Common Core expectations and Indiana’s prior academic standards.

StateImpact is working with experts to analyze the new standards. We’ll be posting their feedback in the coming days. But first, a timeline of dates to keep in mind as Indiana reviews its academic standards over the next six weeks:

Happening Too Fast?

The General Assembly is considering a separate proposal to void Common Core adoption.

Lawmakers are worried the schools won’t have time to implement the new standards before the state introduces a new standardized test in 2016.

“It’s pretty clear to me there are going to be some major implementation questions,” Rep. Kreg Battles, D-Vincennes, told the House Education Committee Thursday morning. “We haven’t thought about piloting a test, we haven’t thought about cut scores.”

Battles, a high school chemistry teacher, says he’s worried students and schools will become “scape goats” if the timeline is too ambitious.

But Indiana Department of Education staffers who have been working on the evaluation process say it’s not like the state is starting from scratch on academic standards. The proposed standards draw on expectations for schools with which teachers are already familiar.

“While yes, it may be a little quicker than in the past, where we might have taken a whole year for review, we’re doing something that’s very top-level,” says deputy superintendent Danielle Shockey. “Teachers have been engaged in professional development around the transition into the Common Core for the last 18 months.”


  • Terry D

    Why do you always use the term “nationally-crafted” when you speak of the common core standards. It appears that just a few people did the writing. I have never met anyone in this state who has been involved with crafting or editing these standards.

    Mercedes Schneider wrote in her blog about this.

    The contents of this post reinforce the reality that CCSS is the
    result of a few attempting to impose a manufactured standardization onto
    the American classroom. At the heart of CCSS are a handful of
    governors, millions in philanthropic and corporate dollars, and a few
    well-positioned education entrepreneurs handed the impressive title of
    “lead architect.”

    • NanaRant

      Terry, that is an excellent question. And to illustrate how it is being challenged a new “study” funded through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which was done to address implementation problems with Common Core listed the findings in a report this week. In a masterful bit of spin it lists as an Implementation Challenge” the

      “The MISCONCEPTION that the Common Core State Standards are federal standards;”

      Well, of course they are. But since that is illegal, they can’t be. Also not widely publicized in media reports, the College Boards have adopted Common Core, (and make no mistake it’s not simply a certain “level” of learning. It has a vocabulary, a method, an attitude all it’s own.

      The head of the College Boards, David Coleman, says ACTS and SATS will be aligned with CC thus will be affecting home schooled and private schooled students as well. If they want to go on to college, they will have to have the CC curriculum and assessments to prepare for college entrance tests.

      Thou Shall Learn Common Core!

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