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State board of education weighing in changes to common core standards

The State Board of Education begins the process of reviewing the Core Curriculum Content Standards Thursday with a special meeting at noon at the Department of Education offices.

The board will review the standards in two parts. The first will focus on Visual & Performing Arts, Comprehensive Health & Physical Education, Science, World Language, Social Studies, Mathematics and English Language Arts. The second set of standards to be considered are Technology and 21st Century Life and Careers. Under Common Core, they'll be reading more nonfiction books in every grade. Writing will require multiple sources and evidence to back up arguments. Math will focus on the problem solving rather than the answer.

The Common Core standards will shift our schools' learning priorities from rote memorization to analysis, innovation, creativity and application. The goal is to equip students with the skills they'll need for college and careers in the 21st century. So parents, students and other stakeholders in the public schools, be advised: Put on your game faces. Because beginning with the first day of school Wednesday, no one is sitting the bench under the new playbook for learning.

The standards are not perfect, but they provide a structure that has a huge amount of potential if we just give it some time to work. Let's not throw away an opportunity simply because of our collective impatience.
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Pre-K education availability changes extensively between States

A new announcement released today finds varied inequalities in the quantity of spots accessible for publicly funded preschool programs. The report is from the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers in collaboration with the Education Department’s National Center for Education Statistics.

Members say preschool programs aid in the performance level field for young children who enter kindergarten well behind their peers and never catch up, and members of the business community are among those advocates for preschool expansion. But the quality of such programs vary.

No states require preschoolers to attend school. Some states seek to universally offer it. Others base eligibility on family income. Under some setups, a community-based program receives public dollars. Other programs are within elementary schools.
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An out of the ordinary meeting held by the State Education Board!

The state Board of Education will hold a special meeting Tuesday to deliberate about the federal government's notice that Indiana could lose a contract that permits schools suppleness in expenditures for more than $250 million in annual federal funding and permits the use of the state's own A-F school rating system. 

The 2001 No Child Left Behind education law enforced determined liability ideals, such as necessitating all students to meet accomplished marks in math and reading by 2014.

Indiana was given an agreement to get rid of "adequate yearly progress" on state tests by implementing Common Core State Standards in 2010. Since then, state decided to replace Common Core with its own academic standards.

Without an agreement, the state could lose flexibility over how schools spend about $266 million in annual federal funding.

Some of the issues that requires to be tackled by the state education department, include: how the new K-12 academic standards adopted last month meet waiver requirements; monitoring of school turnarounds; technical assistance to schools.
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