On March 24, Indiana became the first state to pull out of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) when Governor Mike Pence (R) signed a law requiring the state to adopt its own academic standards. Even with Indiana’s withdrawal, forty-five states, representing more than 85 percent of all U.S. students, have adopted the CCSS.
“I believe our students are best served when decisions about education are made at the state and local level,” Pence said. “By signing this legislation, Indiana has taken an important step forward in developing academic standards that are written by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers, and are uncommonly high, and I commend members of the General Assembly for their support.”
Education Week reporter Andrew Ujifusa, who has been following the CCSS very closely through his “State EdWatch” blog, notes that the CCSS will not necessarily disappear from Indiana’s schools.
“[Indiana] is in the process of drafting and reviewing new standards in English/language arts and math to ‘replace’ the common core,” he writes. “But these standards that are under development are based in part on … you guessed it, the common core. These new standards will be a combination of the common core as well as previous content standards that the state has developed and used in classrooms.”
Ujifusa writes that Indiana State Superintendent Glenda Ritz has the understanding that the CCSS would continue to be a part of the Indiana’s content standards going forward. He notes that the new standards are on schedule to be adopted in a little more than a month.
Read Ujifusa’s complete article at http://bit.ly/1hqVzaF.