Educators react to final draft of new state academic standards

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A new Indiana proposal shows what kids should be learning in math and language arts.

The State Department of Education said it covers all the new standards of common core and even goes beyond in several areas.

24-Hour News 8 went beyond the proposal to see how it stacks up and found one example in particular where the State Board of Education said Indiana’s standards are going further. They said Common Core includes only Algebra 1, Algebra 2 and Geometry, but Indiana’s proposal includes standards for kids who take classes such as trigonometry, pre-calculus and calculus.

Educators told us it covers what students are expected to know at every grade level.  “It’s about the students; ultimately, we know we want our students to be able to attend any four year university that they want to go to,” said Ryan Russell.

Warren Township’s Assistant Superintendent said more than 100 educators and industry representatives focused on as they created Indiana’s new standards.  “We don’t want them to be at any disadvantage for any of their peers that are in outside states as they start taking SATs and ACT and prepare for college and career in the future,” he said.

Keith Gambill is Vice President of the Indiana State Teachers Association. He said while they haven’t looked at the final draft, it’s been a team effort.

“This is the third draft of the standards; there have been three public hearings all across the state,” said Gambill.

Gambill said if everyone is settled on the standards and they are approved, teachers will have a head start this summer to begin planning.

“It will give them the opportunity to get to know the standards and really start designing quality lessons,” he said.

Although over 12-hundred teachers gave their comments on the final draft through public input, there has been opposition from other educators.

The final draft is scheduled go to the Indiana Education Roundtable next Monday. That roundtable is co-chaired by Governor Pence and Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz. They will vote on whether to endorse the standards. If they approve the proposal it will move forward to the State Board of Education for a final vote April 28th.

For a look at the final draft, click here.

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