Indiana’s Education Roundtable has approved the draft K-12 academic standards. Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar is a longtime Education Roundtable member and offered his remarks on the proceedings; he voted in favor of the draft standards:
“What the Education Roundtable approved today represents a good blend of our state’s last two sets of academic standards (Common Core and the Indiana Standards) and leading ones from other parts of the country. You can’t ask for a more fair process than the blind evaluation the panels used to choose the best and most rigorous standards from a variety of sources.
“As the Governor also promised, these standards were established by Hoosiers. The over 100 educators who spent many hours researching and selecting the standards are to be commended.
“While the end result may not be perfect, the recommended standards are of very high quality and should be embraced so we can go about allowing teachers to properly prepare for the next school year. … It’s time to put aside any criticisms and let educators do their jobs and to best prepare students for college, career and life.”
The group also passed a resolution that requires the accompanying guidance materials, such as reading lists and information on text complexity, to be brought back to the Education Roundtable and the State Board of Education for final approval when completed. Brinegar was the Education Roundtable member who introduced the resolution.
“We felt it was important to put in place a review process for the reference materials that the Department of Education is currently putting together. These are voluntary, optional materials that help establish grade- and subject-appropriate material, which can be extremely beneficial in guiding curriculum at individual schools.”
The State Board of Education has the final vote on the draft standards; that happens April 28.