Updated Academic Standards in English/Language Arts released - March 22, 2006

Record Number: 2304
Displayed from: Mar 22, 2006 , until: Apr 22, 2006

The following release is from the Indiana Department of Education: On March 22, Superintendent of Public Instruction Suellen Reed announced the posting of the Department of Education's UPDATED Academic Standards in English/Language Arts for public review and comment. The standards are refined at least every six years, the year before textbook adoption occurs in a particular subject area. In addition, NEW High School Literature, Composition, and Speech Standards and NEW High School Journalism Standards are posted and ready for review and comment. In Indiana, we believe our standards should be the very best in the nation, said Dr. Reed. Feedback from the public helps us make sure we get the standards just right . . . right for our students, educators, and citizens. Making sure we do a good job helps us to ensure a quality K - 12 education for all of our students. Just last year, Indiana's academic standards in mathematics and English/language arts were named most improved in the country by the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation in its report The State of State Standards 2005: Math and English. Indiana was one of only three states along with California and Massachusetts - to achieve A grades in both subjects. The recognition was a reflection of literally thousands of Hoosiers/educators, business people, parents, and citizens hard work and thoughtful thinking about what it is Indiana schoolchildren need to know and be able to do. Now it's time to re-examine our efforts and make them better still. Please take the time to comment on the UPDATED standards and NEW high school course standards. You may view all three documents at < http://mustang.doe.state.in.us/dg/standards/DL-English.cfm >


With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.