Congratulations to our friends Erin Tuttle and Heather Crossin of Hoosiers Against Common Core. Earlier this week Indiana became the first state to repeal the Common Core Standards.
On Monday Indiana Governor Mike Pence, signed legislation (subscription may be required) saying Indiana will no longer use Common Core math and English Standards. Indiana was one of the first states to adopt Common Core Standards in 2010.
Pence said “I believe our students are best served when decisions about education are made at the state and local level. By signing this legislation, Indiana has taken an important step forward in developing academic standards that are written by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers, and are uncommonly high, and I commend members of the General Assembly for their support.
Let’s hope the final standards are uncommonly high. Writing new standards is a process with no guarantees and always a contentious process, even more so when the clock is running (an April 24th deadline looms) and the stakes are high. There is already concern that the new standards may incorporate too much of Common Core and may not reflect the consistency and rigor desired by those who fought to stop Common Core’s implementation. Let’s hope the Hoosiers get it right. A lot of states — including North Carolina — will be watching.