Across 45 states, Common Core is in trouble.  Obviously those states that jumped into Common Core first, are in the most trouble.  Just like if you were in a crowd of people running across a cow field, those trying to be first would have the dirtiest shoes compared to those not yet across the start line…

Delaware was one of the first, but Indiana was faster and now is the state furtherest along in replacing Common Core standards for English and Math….

Here is how…

They had an independently elected Chief for Change.  Delaware has a corporate patsy.

They then had a commission composed of Indiana state teachers and professors at Indiana state universities who basically sat down with Common Core; excised what they didn’t like;  added things they thought Common Core has missed…  Pretty simple.

This was accomplished by a bipartisan proposal that passed both houses with support of the governor, demanding that Common Core be reviewed by the public, before they went into effect….

This is the website where today all can review the new Indiana standards and  comment on tweaks they would like to see….

The panel will meet and discuss all the options put forth, in three separate meetings.  Kilroy would like this: they will all be live streamed… 

The scheduled legislature vote is April 9th.

Indiana’s chief for change stated it thusly: ” it is not about keeping or getting rid of Common Core.  It is about what to keep and what to replace”…  In other words how to achieve the best of both worlds, (which means keep your children as far away from David Coleman as possible)….

Indiana is also deciding whether to continue Tony Bennett’s “A through F” grading scale which was discredited with startling revelations that he blatantly cheated for his charter school..  At issue right now, is exactly how much student growth will matter on that assessment.  The Democratically elected Chief for Change has stated that she is fine with student growth being measured, if it is on a state assessment focused on “real diagnostic information” for teachers, and not a pass-fail test. She also wants less testing in general, and less of a focus on student data..

Delaware needs to follow these steps.

  • Put a House or Senate Bill in to the legislative process stating that Common Core needs to be reviewed by the public before its implementation and if new standards are deemed to be required, they should be developed by Delaware’s educational establishment.
  • Once these new standards are in place, the public should have a window on which to comment and recommend changes.
  • Then in open meetings televised on line,  a consensus needs to be developed over all those standards.
  • Then the House and Senate vote those into action, the second time over the Governor’s veto.
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