Indiana Proposes New Academic Standards

Published 04/15 2014 04:44PM

Updated 04/15 2014 04:54PM

Since rejecting the national Common Core academic standards the burden of coming up with new standards falls on Indiana's Department of Education.
In kindergarten, Language Arts the same basics are still required such as learning the alphabet, learning how to rhyme, and learning how to read with a basic understanding. What's new is a big push to use technology. Even starting at the kindergarten level by producing and publishing writings using computers, and being able to recognize commong logos and symbols in media.
First grade math could become more difficult. Common Core math requires first graders to be able to add and subtract within the number 20. The proposed Indiana academic standards also require a first grader to be able to add and subtract within 20, but takes it a little bit further. Requiring students to be able to add within 100 including adding two digit numbers with a mulitple of 10.
Largely the Indiana standards are unchanged from the national Common Core standards. Going so far as to pull exact quotes from Common Core such as this excerpt from middle school History and Social Studies, "Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.G., how a bill becomes a law, how interest rates are raised or lowered)."
Governor Mike Pence says he thinks the Indiana academic standards need to be uncommonly high. If these standards are approved by Indiana's Education Roundtable and Indiana State Superintendent Glenda Ritz it will go up for a vote before the State Board of Education on April 28th.

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