The State Board of Education voted 10-1 today to adopt Indiana standards for both Math and ELA. A straight up or down vote without amendments was required following the Education Roundtable's adoption last week.
Senate Enrolled Act 91, which passed during the 2014 legislative session, voided existing standards and required the Board to adopt Indiana's own standards thus putting Indiana as the first state to withdrawal from the Common Core. Other states have also seen legislative attempts to withdrawal this year.
SEA 91 is a follow-up to HEA 1427 - legislation that passed in 2013 and placed a "pause" on the Common Core until the Board could complete the review process. After a rigorous evaluation of the standards from national experts, college- and career- ready evaluation teams including educators, public hearings and hundreds of public comments from Hoosiers, Indiana can now move forward. Teachers and students alike will know what expectations must be met in the classroom.
ISTA supports the standards as a move in the right direction to provide educators and students with the most rigorous, clear and consistent objectives that will prepare Hoosier kids with the skills they need to become college- and career- ready.
The Department of Education will be providing supports, materials and professional development to educators during the implementation of Indiana standards and the transition to a new Indiana assessment in 2015-16. ISTA will continue to work on behalf of members to ensure that the transition goes smoothly.
The new standards can be viewed here: http://www.in.gov/sboe/2508.htm