The superintendent of Franklin County School District sent the following letter to a parent who complained that her child’s school was still using Common Core. The parent demanded an explanation as to why Governor Pence’s legislation to void Common Core was being ignored. The superintendent responded with the following letter dated September 21, 2014. Her supporting documentation showing the “new” standards mirror the Common Core is provided below the letter with a link.
As a fellow educator, I too am frustrated with “outside forces” and politicians determining the curriculum
for our students. I am aware that early last spring Governor Pence made front page news declaring that
Indiana was not going to move forward with Common Core. In lieu of Common Core, Indiana has
adopted Indiana College and Career Academic Standards. For your perusal I have attached a document
obtained from the Indiana Department of Education that compares the new Indiana Academic Standards
with the Common Core Standards. We have highlighted the commonalities. As you can see, the “new”
Indiana Standards practically mirror the Common Core Standards that the Governor “withdrew” from.
As you know, we are being told that beginning this year, our students will be tested on these new Indiana
Standards. In order to prepare our students for the tests we have been forced to look at supplemental
math resources that more closely align with the new standards that will be tested.
I can only assume that the school corporation you work in is making similar adjustments.
Dr. Debbie Howell
Here is the correlation document the superintendent provided for second grade which shows the “new” Indiana standards “mirror” the Common Core.correlations doc