Ritz to Finalize Indiana Withdrawal from Common Core

30 Jul

Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz has indicated she will submit a letter finalizing withdrawal of Indiana from “Common Core.”  The Governor sent a letter withdrawing from The Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).  The standards developed by PARCC are commonly referred to as Common Core and are strongly opposed by both liberal and conservative groups alike. 

Common Core standards have been adopted by 45 states.  An offshoot of No Child Left Behind and other federal programs aimed at providing national curriculum standards; common core gained widespread acceptance until the Obama Administration tied them to federal funding.  

Former US Assistant Secretary of Education Diana Ravitch,  weighed in to oppose mandatory standards:

 have long advocated for voluntary national standards, believing that it would be helpful to states and districts to have general guidelines about what students should know and be able to do as they progress through school.

Such standards, I believe, should be voluntary, not imposed by the federal government; before implemented widely, they should be thoroughly tested to see how they work in real classrooms; and they should be free of any mandates that tell teachers how to teach because there are many ways to be a good teacher, not just one. I envision standards not as a demand for compliance by teachers, but as an aspiration defining what states and districts are expected to do. They should serve as a promise that schools will provide all students the opportunity and resources to learn reading and mathematics, the sciences, the arts, history, literature, civics, geography, and physical education, taught by well-qualified teachers, in schools led by experienced and competent educators.

Ravitch was a vocal supporter of Superintendent Glenda Ritz in her battles with the Indiana Legislature earlier in the year.

Both liberal and conservative opponents of Common Core worry about undue influence-possibly by corporations or non-governmental organizations- over local schools.  

Stay tuned to the NWI Gazette for more information on Common Core.

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