The national debate over Common Core State Standards has intensified in recent months as several states have begun rejecting the standards in favor of drafting their own. Indiana was the first. Our actions have been mischaracterized for several reasons, many of them political.
The latest reports on the new Indiana education standards reveal another legislative fiasco of ineffective and financially irresponsible education reform.
INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana State Board of Education adopted new state standards for math and English/language arts Monday in Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS | The final draft of Indiana's proposed education standards is available online for public viewing.
If you follow the recent trends in school education, you should be aware of our latest national initiative, Common Core State Standards. These standards were recommended and designed to support a consistent and rigorous national curriculum that would relate to practical issues and support st…
A comedian once observed the reasoning behind the term “horse sense” is that horses don’t bet on people.
We’re easily approaching some of the most exciting times in the history of public education.
The most recent release of school grades continues to reveal poor grades for schools in high poverty areas (traditional public and charter). It should not be a surprise.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's 2014 education agenda is aggressive, to say the least.
INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana's schools would minimize constitutionally mandated focus on general "knowledge and learning," and become worker training centers from the earliest grades under an agenda announced Tuesday by Gov. Mike Pence.
When the baby boomers were in school, the expectation at home was to do well in school. Doing well was defined as performing sufficiently academically and behaviorally. Failure would have significant consequences.
Indiana’s students and schools have made great progress in recent years. According to the latest scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, Indiana is improving at the second-fastest rate of any state in the country. We owe this progress to the hard work of our students, te…
Schools are some of the most complex organizations to lead and support. A multifaceted corps of individuals (administrators, teachers, nonteaching personnel, maintenance staff, others) organize around schools goals in order to support the needs of their students.
The United States was originally not so united when 13 colonies defeated a powerful British army to secure our independence. As all states are responsible for educating their citizenry, we now have a 50-headed monster that has no chance against determined emerging superpowers like China and …
Recent revelations concerning former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett instructing his associates to raise the letter grade for Christel House Charter School (as well as several other charter schools) reveals a desperate act to prove success for an inherently flawed c…
The Times recently published a political cartoon that stated, “School reform will continue with Glenda Ritz as the new driver.” That cartoon inspired me to write this letter to the citizens of Indiana.
After Associated Press reporter Tom LoBianco's story about Tony Bennett’s manipulation of the A-F school grading system concerning Christel House Academy and another 12 charter schools, school accountability measures enacted during the past four years came under scrutiny.
The review of Common Core State Standards, as applied to Indiana, has begun. It is a familiar battle, having been fought once before.
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Some educators believe the investigation into the state's school grading system casts a shadow over education reform in Indiana.
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