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Indiana’s The First State to Ditch The Common Core

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See you later, Common Core.

At least, that’s the thought in Indiana this morning after Gov. Mike Pence signed legislation yesterday to withdraw the new set of learning expectations of what K-12 students should be learning in math and English, according to our friends at StateImpact Indiana.

He said education should be left to state and local control. Currently, the Common Core has been adopted by more than 40 states across the country– including Ohio.

Indiana adopted the standards in 2010, but then put them on pause last year, StateImpact Indiana says.

Pence gave a hint of this move in January. During his State of the State address, he said Indiana’s learning standards would be “written by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers and will be among the best in the nation.”

But this move may not mark the end of the Common Core’s influence in Indiana, according to the Indianapolis Star.

There’s new standards heading to the state’s legislators later this spring, but some say they’re still pretty similar to the original Common Core standards.

Back here in Ohio, the Common Core’s been met with some resistance here in Ohio, too.  In July 2013, State Rep. Andy Thompson, R-Marietta, introduced a bill to repeal the standards. But it hasn’t yet made it out of the House.

For continuing coverage of Indiana’s Common Core exit, visit our friends at StateImpact Indiana.



  • Drew

    Why? What are their reasons specifically for not wanting to use them? Are they too high for Ohio? Too low? What?

    • Beth

      I’ve got the same questions — this article is incredibly vague. . . :(

  • FMY

    CCSS were written by teachers and in a state organized effort. Perhaps the gov needs to go back to school, get himself some CCSS instruction and learn how to read critically, cite textual evidence to support statements, and present a clear and well structured response. This is rigor–and what parents have been screaming for.

    • Georgia teacher

      One great thing about the Common Core is when students move from one state to another, they enter the new classroom and know the curriculum. It’s such a joy to hear a student say, “Hey, we were reading that novel at the school I came from.” It makes them feel welcomed and successful.

      • FC White

        The cutting and pasting is making you look pretty silly.

        Tell the “independent third party” that’s paying you that they’re wasting their money. Any trained primate could do as well as what you’ve parroted here.

        • serpentdove

          My objections are philosophically based. If you check the recommended reading in upper grades, ‘The Color of Water’, a fine book, may be pushed, but never ‘Atlas Shrugged’, or ‘Dr. Zhivago’, or ‘Animal Farm’.
          And the math problems may just describe an ‘income redistribution’ situation, as if it is normal and desirable.
          Propaganda, actually, instead of elevation in ability to actually think outside the box.
          If you have half the population unconcerned with 17 trillion in debt and counting, you have more than math deficiency, but common core will bring more of the same. Doing the same, expecting a different result, is a definition of insanity.
          I believe Fabian Socialism is the Sect of the Religion to which many common core designers ascribe.

        • FMY

          What are you talking about? Is it my explanation based on researched facts and data? Do I need to dumb it down to help you understand? In what area of academics is your field of expertise? If none, your accusations of my being uneducated and a parroting, trained primate really are confusing. I believe my 20 year career in education as a teacher, spanning from preschool through graduate studies, and the multiple collegiate degrees I have earned in the field have afforded me the ability to gather information, assess data, and develop comprehensive applications. This is exactly the case with CCSS. You may not like the fact that teachers who are professionally trained and competent in the field support this shift, but this doesn’t make me a paid shill or plagiarist as you so casually accuse. Please, provide documented citations of what I have copied and pasted. I can wait–forever in fact since you will not be able to provide any such evidence. Evidence collection is a trained skill through CCSS–to which you so adamantly object–so I doubt you can be troubled. Good day.

      • FMY

        I will be gaining a new student in the next school year who was telling me about her current history class. She is very excited to know there won’t be a huge shift in the content. This continuity provides support and helps students transition more easily. There is much more to CCSS than better organized standards and the opportunities to engage students more efficiently in assessment practices that entail doing rather than regurgitating.

    • FC White

      You sound like one of the many paid shills that go on blogs like this. Are you? Or would you not tell us because it would violate the rules under which you were hired?

      With Bill Gates spending, by some accounts, close to two billion of his own money to impose Common Core on every kid in America—except for wealthy kids, like his, who go to schools where such a thing would never even merit consideration—there’s a LOT of cash to go around and pay shills like you to blog.

      Very few parents, students or teachers are passionate backers of Common Core; the only people I’ve ever met who are really crusading for it are being paid.


      • FMY

        I am not a paid “shill” as you so idiotically accuse but a 20-year veteran classroom teacher who has suffered with students who have been held back to NCLB lowest denominator standards and are now ill prepared for college or professional work. The testing you cry about, what exactly do you mean? Assessment? All assessment is not tests. I have spoken with many parents who are very supportive of instruction that is content-focused, offers staircases of complexity rather than repetition associated with the previous spiraling approach (the same concepts taught year after year with no time to achieve mastery), and my students love the different approach–they are engaged. Supporting positions with written details and demonstrating comprehension of content through exposition of evidence is a CORE concept throughout and one that begins in the early grades with very simple and basic examples and gradually builds in complexity to mirror the developmental progress of students. This is not a blanket approach or one size fits all approach like previous attempts but puts the ability to differentiate and individualize instruction for student benefit front and center. Can you provide specific citations relating to the exact portions of CCSS to which you object with out calling names or tossing around right-wing ignorant propaganda? You should do some independent research into the CCSS and educate yourself rather than trolling for articles to which you can post ignorant rants.


        • Sickofitall

          Wait, if they can’t make the effort to pass in school, what makes you think they deserve to go to college or get professional work. They will not be any better at that than they were willing to be at High School. I have been in it for over 40 years and the lowest denominator you refer to started when schools were integrated to give colored students a better education. When in fact, it gave the white students a lesser education, because we had to “dumb down” the classes so the “new” students could keep up… not that they were trying any more then, than they do now.

    • FC White

      And no, parents aren’t “screaming for” anything, except an end to these vile, odious tests.

      At best, they’re a tremendous waste of time; at worst, they are a malignant tumor on our country’s public schools. In my son’s fourth grade class, they waste several days taking these tests. But they spend another 15 days preparing for them—and this is now being done twice a year, even for kindergarten students.

      It not the fault of our teachers. Nor our principal. Nor our school district. It’s the sleazy elite circle in our state government who are bribed by a small group of billionaires from the Gates, Walton (Walmart) and Broad foundations, with help from their hired Errand Boy, Arne Duncan—who goes to work every day, recognizing that he is essentially auditioning for his Next Job, undoubtedly with a GIANT company like Pearson, who will “return the favor” in classic Quid Pro Quo style, ala’ Dick Cheney, who gave all sorts of goodies to Hailiburton while Defense Secretary in the first Bush White House, and then was given a payoff of $39 million at Hailiburton during his years in hiatus, during the Clinton era.

      Once safely returned to DC, after stealing the election with the help of five right wingers on the SC, Cheney gave Hailiburton lots of non-bid contracts with the help of his buddy, Donald Rumsfeld.

      Arne Duncan is salivating over his future prospects. Cheney and Rumsfeld have showed him what’s possible; now he’s going to get it. Yummy!

      Oh yeah…the kids, oh that’s right…the kids. Well I’ll just tell people that “My new position in the public sector, after 8 fantastic years running the DOE, is all about helping kids. Yeah, that’s it. I’m a Kid Helper!”

      “And they’ll believe it too. No question. They will. And if they don’t…oh DUCK THE DUCKING KIDS! OKAY!”

      • FMY

        Can you substantiate any of this drivel with facts, evidence, and citations? If not, brush up on CCSS and you will be able to. Start with the Grade 3 strand for ELA: Writing. When you are competent in adequate and appropriate exposition of facts rather than right-wing neo-crazy rhetoric, come back and we can have a grown-up discussion about academic standards and the role they play in assisting teachers with preparing students to be competitive in a technology-driven global community.

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