Changes from Common Core to Academic Standards

WABASH VALLEY, Ind. (WTHI) – It’s the final draft of Indiana’s Academic Standards – just released a few days ago.

Your school system will use these standards to determine what your child learns each year in class.

Since 2010, Hoosiers have been going by the Common Core Standards, a system that has drawn some criticism.

Some say the Common Core Standards drove teachers to focus only on state testing materials. So, the state decided to start from the beginning and come up with another system.

But, when we did some digging, the differences between the old and new were not that big.

For example, one of the Common Core headings is ‘key ideas and details’ while the Indiana Academic Standards is ‘key ideas and technical support.’

Another for Common Core is ‘craft and structure’ while Indiana Academic Standards is ‘structure elements and organization.’

So, why propose a new draft if it virtually mirrors the old system?

Dr. Karen Goeller with the Vigo County School Corporation said she believes one of the reasons is to give the public a chance to discuss the system.

“We feel very confident that the main topics are relatively the same, however, there have been some standards that have been added, and we’ll need to make sure that we’re providing the learning opportunities for our students for those areas that have been added,” said Goeller.

One noticeable difference between Common Core and Indiana Academic Standards involves teachers required to teach cursive.

But Goeller stated she is confident, in whatever the changes are, that Vigo County is being proactive in preparing teachers.

The state board will cote on the proposed draft sometime in July.

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