U.S. Dept Of Education Issues Notice On Ind. NCLB Waiver
By Mike Perleberg
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – While all the necessary state approval has been given for new K-12 education standards in Indiana, the federal government now has some questions about them.
On Friday, the U.S. Department of Education gave Indiana a 60-day notice that its No Child Left Behind law waiver is conditional on fixing problems in the K-12 standards. The NCLB waiver affects how Indiana is allowed to spend $266 million in annual federal funding.
The USDOE identified nine issues of non-compliance by Indiana in a Part B report. Those issues concerned college and career readiness assessments and school progress monitoring.
Governor Mike Pence has asked the State Board of Education and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz to assist the Indiana Department of Education in preserving the waiver.
“I am disappointed and concerned by the findings in this report, and the potential consequence that Indiana might lose its waiver effective June 30, 2014, because education is critical to the future success of our children and our state,” Pence said in a letter to the SBOE, asking that the issue be made the highest priority.
Ritz said the federal education department’s Part B report stems from a visit by officials last August.
“Since the August visit and related feedback, my Department has been working diligently to address the issues made public in today’s report. My Department is prepared to demonstrate full compliance with our flexibility waiver and submit amendments that are necessary due to legislative action that has been taken since the 2013 legislative session,” Ritz said.
On April 28, the State Board of Education approved a new state-crafted set of K-12 educational standards, in lieu of a new law Pence signed which rescinded the use of national Common Core Academic Standards in Indiana.