Common Core education debate continues today


After months of debate and discussion, the public gets a first chance to look at the new draft of Indiana's state academic standards beginning today.  At stake is the future of education for students in grades K thru 12. 

The point being to make students college and career ready.  But, lawmakers, educators, parents can't seem to agree on the best way to do that.

Teams of educators have met and drafted this new set of standards to make sure students in Indiana are ahead of students in other states. 

Common Core was a national standard the state adopted in 2010 along with about 45 other states.  But, state educators felt like the plan wasn't rigorous enough.  Consequently, a measure to end Common Core in Indiana is moving through the Statehouse. 

The superintendent of one of the state's largest district - Indianapolis Public Schools - just hopes for something everyone can rally around.


"More rigorous standards are great and they can be a benefit to our students," said IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee. "But they're only as good as implementation. It's important for us to have the resources to provide professional learning opportunities for our teachers.  To unpack those standards and have a deeper understanding so they can implement those standards in the classroom. But, I also ensure they have instructional resources in line with those standards," said Ferebee.

The biggest sticking point is the math component.  There was a call by some educators to create standards on par with some of the leading countries in the world.  But, others feel this draft falls short.  

You can review and share your opinion at one of three public hearings starting today at Ivy Tech Community College in Sellersburg, the Indiana Government Center South in Indianapolis on Tuesday, and Plymouth High School Wednesday.

All three hearings run from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.