Indiana Board of Education approves Common Core replacement
- Indiana's Board of Education on Monday approved a set of standards to replace the Common Core, which it became the first state to abandon just over a month ago.
- The short timeframe in which the new standards were drafted have critics concerned that they're just a rushed version of the Common Core under a different name.
- The board member who cast the lone "no" vote in the 10-1 decision did so because of the new guidelines' "poorly written, disorganized" math standards.
The Indiana Board of Education's vote comes just six days after the new standards were approved 21-3 by Gov. Mike Pence's Education Roundtable. When the state first dropped the standards, the replacements were described by retired University of Arkansas professor and Common Core opponent Sandra Stotsky as a “warmed-over version of Common Core’s standards” for English Language Arts, additionally claiming that more than 90% of the Grade 6-12 English standards come from the Common Core.
Moves like that aren't likely to calm critics any time soon, as it makes Pence's decision to abandon Common Core look more like a political move to appease conservatives. The new standards must still be seen as "college and career ready" by the U.S. Department of Education if the state is still going to receive its No Child Left Behind waiver.
- Lafayette Journal & Courier Indiana State Board of Education approves new K-12 standards
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