State adopts new academic standards

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The State Board of Education approved a new set of math and English standards.

Monday’s 10 to 1 vote to pass the new Indiana College and Career Ready Standards makes Indiana the first of 45 states to abandon the national common core standards.

It’s out with the old and in with the new in Hoosier classrooms.

“I worked with some of my teachers a few weeks ago at one of my buildings and we did a lot of work comparing the common core with the Indiana standards to see what some of the differences and similarities are,” Tippecanoe School Corporation instructional coach Rebecca Kaverman said.

Kaverman is gearing up for the new Indiana College and Career Ready Standards. She said the new math and English standards are not much different from the common core.

“A movement from skills covered in certain grade levels to others,” Kaverman said. “There might be a change in wording as to how a certain skill will be taught and covered in the grade level.”

However, not all educators are on board with another change in the classroom. West Lafayette Community School Corporation Superintendent Rocky Killion said Indiana schools will spend millions to help prepare teachers. He said it’s steps they recently completed when transitioning to the common core.

“We’re probably spend anywhere around $25,000 to $50,000 on professional development and getting people ready for the new standards,” Killion said. “Here’s my prediction, in a couple of years there is going to be a new regime and there is going to be a new election and people are going to stop this and start something else and we’ll start that vicious cycle over again.”

Killion said instead of creating new standards lawmakers should be focused on issues children face at home.

“We should be creating an education system that really strengthens the teaching profession that we focus on early childhood and that we deal with poverty issues,” Killion said.

Whether they are for or against the new standards, teachers still must prepare for the changes coming next school year.

“While there are some differences, they are similar enough that I think that we will be able to transition between the two,” Kaverman said.

The State Board of Education now must find a new state assessment aligned with the standards.

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