Not so common? Board of Education votes on new standards Monday

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Apr. 28, 2014) – The Indiana State Board of Education plans to vote to approve new academic standards Monday morning, completing its withdrawal from the national Common Core practices.

The Board is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. at IGCS Conference Room B, 302 W. Washington St., Indianapolis.

This vote comes one week after the Indiana Education Roundtable approved the new 2014 Indiana College and Career Ready Standards in math and English language arts, 21-3 and 21-2 with one abstention, respectively.

“It’s been an intensive process and it’s actually the first of its kind in terms of the level of transparency,” said Claire Fiddian-Green, special assistant to Gov. Mike Pence for Education Innovation.  “Every meeting was open to the public.  We had lots of places where there was input from the public and third parties into the work of our Hoosier experts sitting on our evaluation of our College and Career Ready panel.”

If the new standards are adopted, as expected, Fiddian-Green told FOX59 News that the next step would fall to individual schools and school boards.  That’s because the state standards dictate learning outcomes, not necessarily the process to achieve them.

“At the local level, they’re going to have to be making changes to the curricular materials that they are preparing going into the next school year,” Fiddian-Green said.  “It’s important for our students and families to understand that all of that decision-making occurs at the local level and we encourage them to be engaged with their local schools and school boards as those decisions are made.”

On the state level, the next step would focus on creating a new statewide assessment to measure student progress on which the education department would base school district grades.

The new exams would be based off the new standards, as Indiana plans on replacing the current assessment, ISTEP, after spring 2015.