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Future of Common Core uncertain in Indiana

By James Fillmore
Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:46:30 AM CST
Updated On: Oct 04 2013 02:15:06 PM CDT

Glenda Ritz and a State Senator discuss the status of Common Core.

October 3, 2013 -

ELKHART COUNTY, Ind. -- The future of Indiana education is in limbo.

A committee of lawmakers are at a stand still and can't agree on the future of Common Core.

Indiana adopted Common Core in 2010, which is a set of national reading and math standards for students.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz was at Concord High School Thursday to talk to a student government class and she addressed Common Core after.

We also spoke with a State Senator who is on the committee studying Common Core.

State Senator Carlin Yoder is hopeful their committee can come to an agreement with one more meeting but he says that meeting would need to happen soon like within the next month.

His stance is that they should take the positives from Common Core and combine them with the best of Indiana's former standards to make a new set of standards that are the best in the country.

Moving away from Common Core would be more expensive but some believe it's the right move.

Yoder says, "We're already spending close to seven billion dollars on education and if it costs a little more money to get it right, we're talking a few million dollars as opposed to billions of dollars, let's spend what it takes to get it right and do it correctly and not and not lose out state sovereignty over this issue."

Glenda Ritz would not say whether she is for or against Common Core, but she is fine with the review and knows there will continue to be a lot of dialogue.

She and Yoder agree that whatever the decision when students leave Indiana high schools they should not need remediation and right now many students require remediation when it comes to math.

Ritz says, "As we make changes as a result of the review we're going to have a separate higher education panel that will look at those standards to deem them college and career ready."

Another issue is whether to continue with ISTEP or implement something that better meets federal criteria.

Yoder says, "I would like to do away with ISTEP and move into this new test that we would have to develop that would correlate with the new standards that we have and ISTEP currently doesn't do that."

Once the committee makes a decision they would present a report to the full General Assembly.

There would be a public comment period before the Board of Education makes a ruling.

Yoder says a final decision needs to be made by this summer.