The Indiana Department of Education (DOE) and Center for Education and Career Innovation (CECI) recently released the final draft of proposed academic standards for math and English/language arts that will guide Hoosier teachers as they create lesson plans.
Staff and educators, in a collaborative effort, have invested more than 6,000 hours across the state in crafting standards, with a goal of identifying the standards most closely aligned with the skills Hoosier students need for success in college and careers.
The process began last fall with the DOE’s technical and advisory teams reviewing the previous standards, and has included more than 150 Hoosier educators, higher education experts and members of the business community. The state received more than 2,000 public comments and conducted three public hearings, in addition to receiving feedback from 10 national evaluators whose reports were shared with Hoosier panel members.
A newly established College and Career Ready Panel brought together subject matter experts from the higher education community as well as business and industry representatives to review the proposed drafts. National evaluators also contributed to the CCR panel dialogue, via written reports submitted with their reviews and suggestions.
Gov. Mike Pence said he is proud of the work done so far and added that Indiana is leading the way on state academic standards.
“As the first state to withdraw from Common Core, Indiana had a unique responsibility to create new, high standards in an open and serious process that would serve our children and strengthen our schools,” he said. “Now that these dedicated Hoosiers have completed their work, I look forward to a thorough review by the Education Roundtable and the State Board of Education to ensure that these new standards meet my objectives to have Indiana standards that are written by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers, and are uncommonly high.”
The standards are posted online at http://www.in.gov/sboe/2505.htm. The public comments, national evaluator reports, and supportive fact sheets can also be found online.
The Education Roundtable will discuss the proposed standards on April 21 and their recommendations will be submitted to the State Board of Education for its consideration and approval on April 28. New standards for math and English must be in place by July 1, in preparation for the next school year.