Education Standards Bill Defeated in Indiana Senate Panel

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Friday, January 27, 2012

An effort to force Indiana to withdraw from "common core" education standards failed, but the bill's sponsor promised to try to revive it.

Sen. Scott Schneider, R-Indianapolis, said he was concerned Indiana was signing on to national standards that did not measure up to standards the state previously had.

"It concerns me enough that I will continue to press on," he said after the Senate Education Committee defeated his bill 6-4.

The common core is an effort led by governors in 46 states, including Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, to agree to follow the same educational standards and, eventually, create common tests to measure whether kids are meeting them. The Indiana State Board of Education adopted the common core standards in 2010 and are phasing them in.

Common core tests, which are in development now and could come to Indiana by the middle of the decade, will create a method by which states can be compared on the academic performance of their schoolchildren. Those comparisons are a challenge today, as states have widely varying standards and tests.

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