Indiana's Governor’s Education Roundtable voted (21-3) Monday in favor of new education standards to replace the abandoned Common Core.
The standards, which must still be approved by the Indiana Board of Education next week, will be implemented in the 2015-16 school year.
- Opponents, who packed the statehouse Monday in protest, are wary of the new benchmarks, believing they are merely a re-packaging of the Common Core. Indiana is the first state to drop the Common Core, making the creation of these new standards a somewhat hurried process.
It isn’t much of a surprise that Indiana’s Education Roundtable, which is spearheaded by Gov. Mike Pence, passed the new standards. While the new benchmarks were developed by Indiana teachers and administrators — a plus for those opposed to the Common Core — it is difficult not to focus on the sheer lack of time they had to create these new standards. Indiana opted out of the Common Core less than a month ago and it has already created a new set of standards that, if all goes as planned, will be put into place this fall. This sounds incredibly rushed, which leaves opponents thinking one of two things: The new standards were hastily assembled and lack depth or the new standards are, in fact, a refashioned version of the Common Core.
All this said, as more states push to opt out of the federal standards, seeing how Indiana handles the process will be a good indicator for the rest of the nation to decide whether or not opting out is even worth it.