Some residents are angered about Indiana's new proposed "College and Career Readiness" plan. They say that this looks highly similar in many ways to the English and math goals from the highly criticized Common Core national standards it's envisioned to replace.
Others have been seen to air questions on how students that are incorporating English language could be included in the rapidly developing plans. They also wanted to know how much it will cost to implement the new standards that are going to prepare students in grades K-12, according to Charlie White of The Courier-Journal.
Some of the concerns that were raised include those shared by nearly 20 parents, teachers and others. A six-member panel of state education officials, including state Superintendent of Public instruction Glenda Ritzwere, were also concerned. All of them addressed their concerns during a 4-hour hearing at Ivy Tech Community College in Sellersburg. Tje director of high school journalism said, "A lot of them seemed to think this was a debate over whether we were going away from Common Core."
The public hearing was one of the three planned around Indiana this week; these were required last year when the General Assembly stopped the implementation of Common Core and ordered the state board of education to adopt its own standards.
Not a single question was answered by the members of the state panel during the hearing. Albert, who is principal at Henryville Junior High School, was quoted as saying, "It's all laid out."
Lou Ann Baker who is state spokeswoman said before the hearing that "it has had to come together quickly since the state board approved initiating the plan in December."
It is expected that on March 31, the state education roundtable will vote to finalize the plan, and the state board of education's vote will soon follow on April 9.
Baker was also heard saying, "The state also sent out letters on Friday asking multiple groups, including some national education experts, to submit their ideas for the plan."
Angela Jackson-Brown, an advocate and parent, has coordinated community outreach programs, and this was done through the Jeffersonville-Metro Parents in Education Group, which asked the panel what could be done to address disparity among students of various backgrounds and values. She said: "We should be able to turn out students who are ready to compete in a global market."
Emily Camenisch, a Corydon mother of four, said: "We feel cheated. We feel lied to."
The director of Community Montessori in New Albany also worries that the decision will be biased and the decision will be based on politics rather than the best interests of the children.
The director of Community Montessori said that "Right now the frustration from our school, like many, is to try to understand what are we supposed to teach and, more importantly, how is it going to be assessed? And I know this conversation isn't about assessment today but I don't know that we can separate those two worlds."