Local educators express frustration with rush to push through guidelines



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GREENFIELD - The release of Indiana’s proposed new college and career-ready academic standards indicates the state is a step closer to adopting new educational standards.

The biggest steps, however, lie ahead.

The state board of education is scheduled to adopt the new guidelines April 9, in order to meet the federal deadline in July. However, state officials will not finally adopt the standards before soliciting public comment through the Department of Education website and holding three public hearings on the controversial education guidelines.

The new standards are designed, to some extent, to replace the controversial Common Core, a national set of standards that was adopted by Indiana in 2010 but put on hold last year after much debate. A group of educators and others from throughout the state put together the extensive list of new benchmarks.

Indiana is one of several states in the process of reviewing its academic standards after joining 45 other states in adopting Common Core several years ago.

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