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State Board of Education Adopts New Academic Standards for Math and English

The Indiana State Board of Education has adopted new academic standards for Math and English/Language Arts by a vote of 10-1.

The adoption followed a months-long process that began last fall and included input from Indiana educators, higher education faculty, content experts and community members.

Those individuals invested more than 6,000 hours towards the development of new college and career ready standards.

Board member Andrea Neal voted against the new academic standards, saying they do a disservice to Indiana children. 

Neal says leading mathematicians have described the math standards as poorly written, disorganized, and erroneous. 

She says the language arts standards are less rigorous than both the common core and our previous 2006 English/language arts standards. 

Neal says they will diminish the role of literature in the English classroom.