Education roundtable passes new English, math standards

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s education roundtable approved new English and math standards Monday afternoon.

It was one of the final hurdles for Indiana’s replacement of Common Core classroom standards. The English language standards passed in a 21-2 vote with one abstention. The math standards passed in a 21-3 vote.

Before the meeting, protesters held a rally at the Statehouse and also crowded into the room. The roundtable, chaired by Gov. Mike Pence and State Superintendent Glenda Ritz, discussed the final draft of Indiana’s state standards before voting on them. Those standards will now go to the State Board of Education.

Indiana lawmakers voted to throw out national Common Core standards, favoring instead a “For Hoosiers, By Hoosiers” approach. Teachers, administrators and others drafted three versions of Indiana’s own standards.

The State Board of Education is scheduled to make a final vote on the standards next Monday, April 28. It must approve new standards by July 1 to comply with national regulations.

FOX59’s Jill Glavan attended the meeting and live tweeted the following: