WAVE 3 News Editorial - April 29, 2014: Indiana Opts Out

By Ken Selvaggi
WAVE 3 News Vice President and General Manager

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - We need measuring sticks in life. It is always good to know we can do something, but how well are we doing compared to our peers?

Kentucky set the bar for education comparisons, becoming the first state to adopt the "Common Core" standards for English, Math, and Language Arts developed by states to measure academic progress among peer groups nationally and internationally.

All but five states adopted these standards that benchmark what students should know in various stages of their academic career as they prepare for success after school.

Indiana has now become the first state to un-adopt the standards.  This is misguided.  It is hard to have a common core if not everyone participates in the measurement.

Local communities design their own curriculum and choose their own textbooks to help students reach learning benchmarks along the way, so we know that a Louisville student is as prepared as a London student.

Now New Albany students will not know how their progress compares to anyone in our country or the world.

It does not help the student if bars are lowered to enhance achievement.

Indiana may not be lowering the bar, but by opting out of the common core standards, Hoosier students will not know how they really stack up against those they will be competing against for jobs in the global economy.

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