And when Indiana bowed to the pressure and abandoned Common Core, it quickly became obvious that the state was dumping the standards without the research and vetting such an important policy change must get.
Without Common Core, the state needed some standards, so education officials cobbled something together as part of the ISTEP testing program, apparently without a lot of thought and preparation. The results are starting to come in now, and they are not pretty.
It’s good advice. The Indiana Department of Education has said about 65 percent of students will have passing marks on ISTEP’s language arts section and about 59 percent passed the math section. More than 80 percent of students passed each part of the 2014 exam.
The state clearly needs to fix this, but it’s hard to understand how it will. Democratic Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and Republican legislators have spent more time trying to antagonize each other than they have trying to find education solutions. We know we’re beating a dead horse here, but it really is time to take the superintendent’s job off the ballot and make it an appointive position.