Indiana panel approves new school standards

A bill signed by Gov. Mike Pence makes Indiana the first state to revoke those standards, but what will replace them is unclear in a state where teachers are still reeling from years of change. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A panel of Indiana business and education leaders is supporting new education benchmarks to replace the national Common Core standards.

Members of the Indiana Education Roundtable including Gov. Mike Pence and Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz voted 21-3 Monday to approve new math standards and 21-2 with one abstention for new English benchmarks.

The proposed guidelines on what students should learn in each grade now move to the State Board of Education for a final vote April 28 on whether to adopt them for use in Indiana classrooms this fall.

Legislation signed in March gives the board until July to find a replacement for the national standards outlined in the Common Core.

Legislation that Pence signed in March made Indiana the first state to drop Common Core.

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