Indiana has become the first state to “pause” its implementation of the national Common Core learning standards.
Pence says: “I have long believed that education is a state and local function and we must always work to ensure that our students are being taught to the highest academic standards and that our curriculum is developed by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers. The legislation I sign today hits the pause button on Common Core so Hoosiers can thoroughly evaluate which standards will best serve the interests of our kids.”
In Indiana, parents have become critical of the Common Core, in part because of the amount of homework tied to the Core’s tough standards.
Even the (Gannett-owned) Indianapolis Star has come out in favor of pausing implementation of the Core. The associate editor wrote: “Will the standards engage parents in early childhood education? Are they clear and understandable? Or will parents be confused by unfamiliar jargon? That has happened with other educational innovations.”