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Indiana faces threat from feds over common core standards

Indiana, which recently withdrew from the Common Core and adopted its own testing standards, is apparently facing possible suspension of its No Child Left Behind waiver, which could badly jeopardize the state's funding priorities.
Eric Schulzke, Deseret News Modified: May 5, 2014 at 12:35 pm •  Published: May 6, 2014

Indiana, which recently became the first state to withdraw from the new Common Core standards and just last week adopted its own testing standards, is apparently facing possible suspension of its No Child Left Behind waiver, which could badly jeopardize the state's funding priorities.

The notice came in the form of a letter to Indiana State Superintendent Glenda Ritz from Deb Delisle, assistant U.S. Secretary of Education, Chalkbeat reports. The federal Department of Education wants to be convinced that the state standards are at least as challenging as those in the Common Core.

Indiana State Board of Education member Brad Oliver told Chalkbeat he has not seen the letter. “Based on what I know right now, I am very concerned that our waiver could be in jeopardy,” he said. “The repercussions of losing our waiver are more than just financial. It would immediately have an impact on local districts.”

"States didn't have to adopt the Common Core in order to get a federal waiver from the mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act," Education Week notes. "Instead, they simply have to adopt standards that will get students ready for college or the workforce. Common core counts, but a state can also use standards that have gotten the seal of approval from its post-secondary institutions. (Virginia, for example, went this route.)"

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