Wabash Valley principals react to proposed changes


VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – Last week, News 10 told you about the differences between the new and old standards for common core.

Now, Indiana governor Mike Pence strongly endorsed the state’s new draft standards for common core at the education round-table meeting.

STORY | Changes from Common Core to Academic Standards

The roundtable is the first step in Indiana’s standards approval process. It supported the new controversial ideas.

“Our teachers work every day with the standards they have in place, the standards they’ve been operating on for a number of years,” said Chris Mauk, Terre Haute South principal

Wabash Valley principals reacted Tuesday to the idea of changing Indiana’s common core standards. Their first priority is how it affects their students.

“It’s helping each individual student be successful in each individual class, whether it’s a new set of standards that come down the pipe from state or not, our teachers work very hard every day in the classroom make sure our students get the most opportunities that they can possibly have,” said Mauk.

But for them, it’s also about their teachers. Teachers they have faith in, no matter how the standards could fluctuate from year to year.

“It’s just the teachers looking at those standards and having those standards drive that instruction and the rest will take care of itself…they’re the experts, they do a great job every day, they follow the standards, whether they’re Indiana standards or common core standards, they’re doing what they need to do to provide the best for our kids,” said Robin Smith, Terre Haute North principal.

And while they have faith in both the kids and the educators, they can’t quite make a decision on how they feel about these proposed changes just yet.

In education, sometimes, you just have to wait it out.

“Only time’s going to tell here. I think we’re at the beginning of the common core discussion. A lot of states have adopted but they haven’t done a lot with it either, so i think we just have to wait to see what those effects are. In education, sometimes we have to give some time for things to work so I think it’s a little too early to tell,” said Tom Balitewicz, West Vigo High School principal.

The new standards go next to the Indiana State Board of Education.

It plans to vote on them next Monday. State law requires new standards to be set by the state board no later than July 1.

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