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State boards approve new teacher standards

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State boards approve new teacher standards

The Indiana Professional Standards Advisory Board, in conjunction with the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), have unanimously approved new developmental and content standards for educators.

According to the IDOE, the approval makes Indiana the first state in the nation to fully align its teacher standards with the “Common Core State Standards.” The standards were developed by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards include a list of expectations in English and language arts and in math for students at all grade levels from kindergarten through 12th grade.

For example, the language standards for first graders call for the ability to print all upper and lower case letters and to use frequently occurring prepositions such as “during,” “beyond,” and “toward”’; for fifth graders, the language standards include recognizing and correcting inappropriate shifts in verb tenses and consulting reference materials such as dictionaries to find the correct pronunciation and determining the precise meaning of key words and phrases; for 11th and 12th graders, the standards include interpreting hyperbole, paradox, and other figures of speech in context and analyzing their role in the text.

Produced in partnership with the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson, the new standards are also aligned with the Indiana Academic Standards as well as national standards in each field, the IDOE said.

“With the launch of our new teacher standards, Indiana is blazing the trail nationally for preparation and licensure of new teachers and school leaders,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett. “The new standards will ensure all Indiana educators are well prepared to teach the subject areas in which they are licensed, provide leadership for our schools, and contribute to improved achievement for all Indiana students.”

The development and review process included more than 500 Indiana educators and more than 100 higher education representatives. The Evaluation Systems group of Pearson has more than three decades of experience preparing teacher standards and developing, administering and scoring customized tests for prospective teachers in the United States and has created teacher certification tests for more than 100 content fields, professional teaching skills and the basic skills of college-level reading, writing and mathematics.

www.corestandards.org

 

Posted 12/29/2010

 

 

 

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