Teachers using summer to prep for new academic changes

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – Students will be heading back to their classrooms in about a month and teachers are using the summer to prep for the new academic standards.

In April Indiana became the first state in the county to drop the National Common Core Standards and create its own.

“The changes are coming so late in the year, the teachers are ready to go though,” Tippecanoe School Corporation Elementary Instruction Assistant Superintendent Christy Fraley said. “Many of them had already transferred, or all of us had transferred to the common core previously, and the new Indiana standards are very similar.”

Fraley said as soon as the new College and Career Ready Standards were passed teachers got to work.

“With our instructional improvement block that we had in the spring we utilized a lot of that time for professional development for our staff and they’ve been looking at those,” Fraley said. “We asked them to look at the DOE’s website periodically over the summer. They’re ready.”

The Department of Education is keeping teachers and parents up-to-date about the changes and also provides online communities for teachers to discuss the changes. Fraley said TSC has another helpful tool to help with the transition in their instructional coaches.

“They’ve been working with our staff,” Fraley said. “They created a document to help show the different terminology just to help our staff understand the differences.”

With new standards comes new tests. Fraley said teachers are getting their first look at what will be covered next year.

“We just received the testing blue print just last Thursday, so we’ll be sending that out as well so that the teachers are aware of what is going to be assessed come springtime,” Fraley said.

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