State board member recommends adoption of pre-Common Core Standards

April 20, 2014 5 Comments
State board member recommends adoption of pre-Common Core Standards

Andrea Neal is a sitting member of the Indiana State Board of Education, representing District 5.  She teaches Grade 6 and Grade 7 English, as well as 8th Grade U.S. History, at St. Richards Episcopal School in Indianapolis.  Since the proposed Indiana academic standards for Math and ELA were released last Tuesday, she is just […]

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New Indiana standards cut American literature and The Declaration of Independence

April 17, 2014 3 Comments
New Indiana standards cut American literature and The Declaration of Independence

All sets of standards, even the Common Core, have some good standards- some more than others. If Indiana wanted to retain some of the Common Core, there were standards that would have contributed to forming a document that was “uncommonly” high.  However, a review of the final draft of the English standards clearly shows they […]

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New Indiana standards will be voted on without an analysis of final draft

April 17, 2014 3 Comments
New Indiana standards will be voted on without an analysis of final draft

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 […]

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New draft standards- a few of my favorites

April 17, 2014 4 Comments
New draft standards- a few of my favorites

All sets of standards have a few good ones in them and I love how supporters of Common Core or, whatever we are going to call the new standards, always point to a few of them and pretend the whole document is just like that. I’m going to post  few that I found in the new draft […]

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Fuzzy Common Core math standards remain in Indiana’s “new” standards

April 17, 2014 1 Comment
Fuzzy Common Core math standards remain in Indiana’s “new” standards

The instructional practices embedded into the K-5 math standards were the largest complaint from parents regarding Common Core. After the first two drafts of Indiana’s “new” standards, the “fuzzy math”  pedagogy embedded in the Common Core was still present – word for word. Unfortunately, the Common Core’s worst math standards remain intact in the latest […]

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