Statement of Superintendent Glenda Ritz in response to Education Roundtable Endorsement of Indiana Academic Standards
INDIANAPOLIS – Earlier today, Indiana’s Education Roundtable voted to endorse the new Indiana Academic Standards recommended by the Indiana Department of Education. The vote was a crucial step in Indiana’s process of approving new college and career ready academic standards for English Language Arts and Math. The standards now go before the Indiana State Board of Education for final approval by an up or down vote on Monday, April 28, 2014.
In response to the Education Roundtable’s endorsement, Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz issued the following statement:
“I am very pleased with today’s vote and I want to thank the members of the Roundtable for their support. My staff and the Technical, Advisory, and Evaluation Teams, as well as the College and Career Readiness Panel have spent thousands of hours working on this standards review process to ensure that our standards are not just college and career ready, but the highest in the country. In addition, this process has been the most transparent standards review I have ever witnessed as we had multiple public meetings and expert review while incorporating thousands of public comments into these final standards.
“As a teacher, I have always trusted Indiana educators to design the best standards for our students. They have always been mindful of the changes needed to meet the future needs of our children. Academic standards are about what our children need to know and be able to do. As we shift to our college and career ready standards we need our students to more fully engage in critical thinking, analysis, research, inquiry and problem solving. I am once again proud of Indiana educators’ finest work on our new standards.
“Moving forward, the Department will be working with local schools throughout the state to implement these standards. Additionally, I am excited to take the next step of aligning these standards into a new statewide college and career ready assessment in 2015-2016.”