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New academic-standards draft released

INDIANAPOLIS – The third and final draft of newly proposed Indiana Math and English/Language Arts academic standards were released this morning.

Two votes are upcoming on whether to accept the standards. The first is Monday by the Indiana Education Roundtable. The second is April 28th by the Indiana Board of Education.

After the second draft was posted the state received more than 2,000 public comments and conducted three public hearings, in addition to receiving feedback from 10 national evaluators.

As a result, the final draft is a “pretty substantially different document,” said Claire Fiddian-Green, co-director of the Center for Education and Career Innovation.

That agency has been working alongside the Department of Education to craft new standards.

Fiddian-Green said there has been no analysis yet on how much different the third draft is from the second. And she said there has been no analysis on how much of the final draft mirrors the controversial Common Core standards the state is abandoning.

“We are focusing on the outcomes,” she said.

There was a lot of criticism after the second draft was made public that many of the Math and English standards were Common Core with slight tweaks.

An estimate on costs schools will bear with the new standards is also expected next week. School districts create their own lesson plans based on the standards. Some had already moved forward with Common Core standards.

The new standards process has involved more than 6,000 hours of work by Indiana experts and educators across the state, with a goal of identifying the standards most closely aligned with the skills Hoosier students need for success in college and career.

The standards are posted online at http://www.in.gov/sboe/2505.htm. In addition, the public comments, national evaluator reports and supportive fact sheets can also be found online.

New standards must be in place by July 1.

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