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Local Education

April 15, 2014

Final draft of academic standards released

Proposed changes for math and language arts

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Education released its final draft of proposed academic standards for Indiana, setting the stage for a new school future after Common Core.

Lawmakers in Indianapolis voted this year to take Hoosier students off the national standards known as Common Core. With Indiana reverting back to standards created several years ago, the DOE was tasked with coming up with new standards for schools to follow.

The standards released Tuesday were for math and language art standards only.

Schools will have time to read the proposed changes and offer suggestions before the State Board of Education makes a final decision at the end of April.

“Right now we’re in the mode where we give input to the process,” Paul Garrison, superintendent of Daleville Community Schools, said. “And then we have to make sure our curriculum and school calendar reflect what gets chosen.”

Garrison said he hasn’t given the new standards a thorough reading but isn’t sure these new standards will have a huge effect on his schools because the standards are simply math and language arts. He said the current standards on math and the language arts are stringent and won’t be changed too much. He said the biggest changes would probably come with smaller subjects like history.

Despite some of the similarities, the release by the DOE said the new standards are not cut and pasted from the Common Core. It claims over 6,000 hours of work from educators went into drafting the new standards for schools to follow.

This is just another new thing requiring adjustment by school administrators, faculty, staff and students. There have been several changes in the past few years for K-12 education, Garrison said, including previous standard changes, new ways teachers are evaluated and students are tested.

“The K-12 education is in a world of change right now,” Garrison said. “That can be uncomfortable sometimes because you’re not sure how that will affect how your performance is evaluated. But our job doesn’t change. We have to keep educating.”

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