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Pence Signs Law Removing Common Core In Indiana

Posted On March 24, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

Indiana Governor Mike Pence

Indiana Governor Mike Pence

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Indiana is the first state in the nation to opt out of national Common Core academic standards.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed a number of bills into new laws Monday. Chief among them was Senate Enrolled Act 91, the bill opting Indiana out of the K-12 education standards which were previously adopted by the state in 2010.

Forty-five other states have implemented Common Core. Four others have only implemented parts of the national standards.

Indiana will instead create its own college and career readiness educational standards, which various reports say may closely resemble common core anyways. However, Pence said students will be best served by education decisions made at the state and local level.

“By signing this legislation, Indiana has taken an important step forward in developing academic standards that are written by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers, and are uncommonly high, and I commend members of the General Assembly for their support,” the governor said at the bill signing.

“As the task of writing our new academic standards continues, I am grateful to the more than 100 Indiana educators who have put thousands of hours into a comprehensive, transparent, and rigorous process of academic review and am confident that our state will produce Indiana standards that will prepare our students for success in college, careers, and life.”

SEA 91 charges the Indiana Board of Education with developing Indiana’s own academic standards, which would go into effect July 1. The law does not prohibit parts of Common Core from being used in Indiana’s own standards. The law requires the board to allow the Indiana Department of Education to administer the ISTEP+ or another standardized test aligned with the state standards.

The standards are being written by Pence’s Center for Education and Career Innovation, the Department of Education, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, and others. They will reveal their final version of the standards on April 14.

The Indiana Education Roundtable advisory board could vote to endorse the standards on April 21, paving way for adoption by the IBOE as soon as April 28.

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