Legislation that would void Common Core academic standards in favor of a set of state-created guidelines has been approved by the House Education Committee. This morning, the Indiana Department of Education and State Board of Education released a draft proposal of new standards. You can view details of the proposal from the Department of Education and State Board of Education by clicking here.

You can view Senate Bill 91 by clicking here.

The Indiana Chamber says it will study the proposal and maintains that some areas of the Common Core can be strengthened.

February 20, 2014

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Today, groups under the guidance of the Department of Education and State Board of Education released a draft of proposed new K-12 academic standards for the state. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce offers its reaction below.

From Derek Redelman, Indiana Chamber vice president of education and workforce development policy:

“Our top priority is pushing for the absolute best academic standards for the state. To properly make a judgment on the new draft standards will take a little time and expert input, which we have sought. By early next week, we expect to release our detailed opinion on the draft standards as well as any recommendations from our experts on how to potentially strengthen them.

“We also commissioned a side-by-side comparison of Indiana's current and previous standards, along with the highly-touted standards from Massachusetts and from two states that have not adopted the Common Core academic standards. We have said all along that there could be areas of Common Core that might be strengthened, and this exercise should help bring those to light.

“Again, our overriding goal for this process is to help ensure Indiana has the strongest college and career-ready standards in the nation.”

The Indiana Chamber partners with 15,000 members and investors – representing 2.6 million Hoosiers – to achieve the mission of “cultivating a world-class environment which provides economic opportunity and prosperity.”

Source: Indiana Chamber of Commerce

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