Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Votes Approach on Hoosier School Standards ; Panelist Says Evaluation Was Thorough, Positive

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Votes Approach on Hoosier School Standards ; Panelist Says Evaluation Was Thorough, Positive

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INDIANAPOLIS - Two key votes on Indiana's proposed academic standards are set to take place this month. If approved, the standards will serve as guides for lessons taught in Hoosier classrooms next school year. Before the votes, representatives of University of Southern Indiana and Vincennes University are serving on a panel staffed by higher education of-ficials, teachers and business officials to review the proposed standards for K-12 English and math education.

The process Indiana has used to review the new standards is "thorough," said Patrick Shaw, a University of Southern Indiana professor helping to review English standards for grades 6-12.

"It has not been an easy process. I'll say that. But at the same time, everyone's going into it with a spirit of trying to work positively," Shaw said.

The standards will go in front of Indiana's Education Roundtable, chaired by Gov. Mike Pence and Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, on April 21.

The Roundtable is responsible for making a recommendation on the standards to the Indiana State Board of Education, which is set to take a final vote on April 28.

While Pence signed legislation officially removing Indiana from a set of national academic standards known as Common Core in March, the new standards are expected to reflect a mixture of past Indiana standards, Common Core and other national benchmarks.

The movement to write academic standards specific to the state grew from legislation that passed the Indiana General Assembly in 2013 when lawmakers moved to "pause" the implementation of Common Core in Indiana's school districts.

The process to write the new standards was already underway before this year's successful legislative push to make Indiana the first state to depart from Common Core. …

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