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Local schools react to new academic standards

Local schools react to new academic standards

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 "It's not that dramatic of a shift," said Carole Schmidt, Superintendent of South Bend Community Schools about the new Indiana Academic Standards.

Monday, the State Board of Education approved the new standards, replacing Common Core.

Schmidt said she thinks teachers and students alike will have no problem adjusting to the new Indiana Academic Standards.  "I'm confident we're gonna move forward just fine."

When it comes to the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation, Assistant Superintendent, Kay Antonelli, agrees,  "We are ready to move forward," she says.

Antonelli, said they've already been busy getting ready for the changes.  "We are making preparations to move forward with the new standards and making sure our students are prepared."

What about cost?  Will the districts have to shell out more dough because of the new standards for things like training teachers?  Schmidt and Antonelli both said no, the money's already in the budget.  "Those funds for professional development are already there.  It may change the agenda in some way, it may change some of the materials we provide for teachers, but it won't dramatically change the cost that we have," said Schmidt. 

Antonelli said, "What we allocate for this summer is really not any different from what we allocate for the last two years."

If you're interested in these new standards, they are online on the State Board of Education's website.

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