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Governor Pence Statement Regarding Proposed Indiana Academic Standards


Location: Indianapolis, IN

Today the Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana State Board of Education released the proposed Indiana academic standards, which will be presented to the Education Roundtable for recommendation on April 21, and then go to the State Board of Education for final approval on April 28.

Governor Pence issued the following statement.

"As the first state to withdraw from Common Core, Indiana had a unique responsibility to create new, high standards in an open and serious process that would serve our children and strengthen our schools.

"To ensure this process was focused on our students, we relied on more than 2,000 Hoosiers--teachers, administrators and parents--who joined us for evaluation sessions and shared their input online. Every Hoosier also should be grateful to the more than 100 teachers from across the state who participated in the drafting process. They, along with experts in higher education and business, spent more than 6,000 hours to develop standards that will be both unique to Indiana and will prepare our students for success in college and the workplace.

"Now that these dedicated Hoosiers have completed their work, I look forward to a thorough review by the Education Roundtable and the State Board of Education to ensure that these new standards meet my objectives to have Indiana standards that are written by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers, and are uncommonly high.

"Because of the hard work of our educators and parents, Indiana is leading the way on state academic standards that will challenge our students, guide our teachers, and give parents the confidence that our Indiana standards reflect the high expectations Hoosiers have for all our schools."

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