Indiana releases final draft of proposed academic standards

INDIANAPOLIS - The state released a final draft of proposed academic standards Tuesday that could serve as guidelines for Hoosier classrooms beginning in the fall of 2014.

The standards are guides for lesson plans in math and English/language arts education in grades K-12, and they're an alternative to the national Common Core standards.

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The process to write the new standards began in the fall after lawmakers halted the implementation of Common Core during the 2013 Indiana General Assembly session.

Indiana adopted the national Common Core standards in 2010, but Gov. Mike Pence signed legislation in March to officially remove the state from the standards.

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The final draft of the new standards will first go before Indiana’s Education Roundtable on Monday.

The roundtable, chaired by Pence and Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, will make a recommendation on the standards to the Indiana State Board of Education, which will meet to weigh the standards April 28.

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