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3:33 pm
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.