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[s14] KRUSE REPORT: Common Core: Is It Best For Indiana Students?
Start Date: 8/19/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 8/19/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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With school back in session, it’s a good time to think about the classroom standards that guide our students’ learning year to year. You may have heard of something called Common Core – the national standards Indiana began implementing in its schools in 2011.

 

Recently, some educators, parents and policy makers have questioned whether these standards are really best for Hoosier students compared with our previous state-created standards. Because of this debate, I thought it would be beneficial to use this space to discuss the positions for and against Common Core.

 

Educational standards are important. They are the benchmarks by which we measure achievement, from individual students to entire schools. Standards help us “set the bar,” so we can track student performance and learning.

 

Prior to Common Core, states created and followed their own academic standards. Then, in 2010, a group of education professionals, researchers and experts in Washington D.C. created the Common Core standards available for adoption in all 50 states.

 

These standards were designed to help ensure all students nationwide are prepared for college and the workforce. Common Core would also enable states to measure their educational progress compared with other states.

 

Indiana along with 44 other states adopted Common Core in place of their state standards shortly after its creation. Since 2011, Indiana has rolled out Common Core in kindergarten and first grade classrooms across the state.

 

Supporters believed Common Core would lead to a more globally competitive education system. As an added benefit, students moving from one state to another would be assured a streamlined, consistent education.

 

However, new voices of opposition have taken root surrounding Common Core and its quality compared to localized standards. Because of these concerns, several states – including Indiana – have decided to stall implementation.

 

Opponents of Common Core fear that a top-down, national system undermines state control over the education of each state’s own students. They also worry that local families, educators and state leaders who know our students best were left out of the development process.

 

This year, the Indiana General Assembly created the Interim Study Committee on Common Core Educational Standards, of which I am the co-chair, to study this topic and determine whether Common Core is the best course for our schools. The committee will gather research and testimony from Hoosier teachers, administrators, parents and other experts to make sure we advance standards that will lead our students to success.

 

Before the start of the 2014 legislative session, our committee will make a report to the legislature about Common Core.

 

Above all, I remain committed to promoting a world-class education system for Indiana students.

 

What do you think?

 

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Contact Information:
Name: Brady Hagerty
Phone: 317-232-9425
Email: bhagerty@iga.in.gov
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