Harvard Political Review has published an article entitled No Common Core, No Common Ground: The Battle for Hoosier Education. The author explains that the battle over Common Core was based on political partisanship, which continues to cripple Indiana from moving forward. To him, the argument was never about the actual standards.
His analysis of the politics behind Indiana’s “repeal” of Common Core is off-base; Conservatives weren’t only concerned about “federal intrusion” and teachers weren’t only concerned about “test-based teacher evaluations.” Both sides were concerned about the quality of the standards themselves, including: the lack of content; the excessive use of instructional strategies; the slowed pace of progression; and developmentally-inappropriate methods for younger students.
These complaints went unaddressed by Governor Pence and Superintendent Ritz when they simply rebranded the standards as Indiana’s own. Pence may be falsely under the impression that things are improved, but Superintendent Ritz has full knowledge that Indiana’s situation is the same today as it was under Common Core.
Indiana needs an honest eye to be set upon the “new” Indiana standards to make corrections that address the flaws contained. There is no question that these corrections can be made; the unknown, is whether Indiana has a leader courageous enough to get it done.