The justification to dismiss the analysis of experts contracted by the state to provide input on the “new” Indiana standards is based on the idea that they didn’t represent Hoosiers. After an overwhelming majority of them provided scathing reports citing mathematical errors, incoherent structure, and inferiority, Pence told the Indiana Education Roundtable that he wasn’t concerned with what “outsiders” had to say. ”For my part, I trust Hoosiers,” he said.
Was he unaware that some of these “outsiders” were, in fact, Hoosiers? Professor Terrence Moore, who reviewed the English standards, is from Angola, IN and Professor James Milgram is a native of South Bend, IN. It seems the real qualifying factor in determining which opinions were valid was whether or not they were favorable of the “new” standards.
Pence had no problem hiring Sujie Shin, a D.C. insider, to run the Hoosier process. She has no ties to Indiana, yet she’s placed in charge? The Department of Education reported that her duties included:
1.Ms. Shin is responsible for facilitating the evaluation process for Indiana.
2.Ms. Shin will train participants on the evaluation process and assist IDOE and Board staff in compiling results of the evaluation.
3.Ms. Shin will provide facilitation during the reconciliation process to ensure that Indiana’s draft college and career ready standards are of the highest quality.
That’s a major role for an outsider to play in a Hoosier process. Her bio from the federally funded organization she works for, WestEd, states her focus is on helping states navigate transitions, “particularly in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.”
Shin’s area of focus is providing state and district clients with the strategic partnership needed to navigate transitions and growth in their assessment and accountability portfolios, particularly in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. She specializes in the design, alignment, and application of assessment and accountability tools for different stakeholders.
Shin previously worked as the Deputy Chief of Assessment and Accountability for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), where she oversaw the development and administration of assessments and accountability metrics for the District.
While at DCPS, Shin successfully led the process of transitioning the District’s summative assessments and interim assessments to the Common Core, and expanding assessment coverage in both elementary and high school grades and subjects.
Shin received a BA in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley; a California Clear Teaching Credential; and an MA in policy research, evaluation, and measurement from the University of Pennsylvania.
Pence took issue with the experts because they didn’t represent Hoosiers. However, Sujie Shin, an employee of a federally funded, pro-Common Core organization, without a Hoosier bone in her body was perfect to serve as the leader.
Sorry, Governor Pence, that doesn’t make any sense to Hoosiers.