The Associated Press reported that Indiana will not do an analysis on the final draft of standards released April 15th before being voted on by the Indiana Education Roundtable on April 21st:
The governor’s special assistant for education innovation and reform, Claire Fiddian-Green, said the more than 6,000 hours spent revising the standards and including expert advice mean the latest version is a “substantially different document” compared with what one expert called “half-baked” standards that were included in the last draft.
Fiddian-Green said no analysis is planned to compare this version with the previous draft and with Common Core. [emphasis mine]
The last draft, which was never publicly released, was submitted to national experts for review on March 15th. Their reports, released two days ago, were very negative and reflected a vast amount of revisions were needed. According to Fiddian-Green, the final draft recently released is a “substantially different document” than the draft reviewed by the experts. If that’s the case, some analysis should be completed to ensure that the parameters for the standards have been met. As it stands, there has been no expert analysis or public commenting by parents and teachers on this new final draft that is substantially different from the one publicly released.
Why not vet the final standards that will effect the education of every student in our state as our state has always done? Are the non-educators on the Indiana Educational Roundtable suppose to make an informed decision on the final draft without any input from experts in the area of mathematics and English within less than a week over Easter weekend? If I were them, I would vote NO due to a lack of pertinent information being withheld by CECI and the Indiana Department of Education.
What Pence promised to be a transparent and thorough process, has resulted in a total SHAM!