Mon April 28, 2014
Indiana Officially Drops Common Core Education Standards
The Indiana Board of Education has approved new math and English standards to replace the Common Core benchmarks in K through 12 classrooms this fall.
The board voted 10-1 this morning to endorse the new education standards .
Some Common Core opponents told the board that the new benchmarks are no more than watered-down versions of the contentious national standards.
But board member Dr. Brad Oliver says Indiana’s students will be better served with a state-developed system.
"I am very grateful that by adopting our own standards, we’re on a path to thinking about our own state assessment, where we’ll set those parameters, not some national body that’s setting a national exam that would influence what happens in a classroom,"
The vote makes Indiana the first state to formally abandon the Common Core benchmarks. They’re used by 44 other states.