Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

April 21, 2014

Indiana panel taking up school standards debate

The Associated Press

Indianapolis — The Indiana Education Roundtable is set to review proposed school benchmarks meant to replace the national Common Core standards.

The roundtable is led by Republican Gov. Mike Pence and Democratic state schools chief Glenda Ritz and includes about 30 business, education and government leaders. The group is scheduled to discuss and vote Monday afternoon on whether to endorse the new standards that would then go to the State Board of Education for final approval.

The development of new guidelines for what students should learn in each grade has proven contentious since Pence signed legislation in March making Indiana the first state to drop the Common Core benchmarks.

One State Board of Education member wants to reinstate old benchmarks used before Indiana adopted the national standards in 2010.