(INDIANAPOLIS) — The Interim Study Committee on Common Educational Standards was unable to pass a recommendation today that Indiana "cultivate new academic standards." The vote failed when the lone Democrat present, Rep. Justin Moed, voted no. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce offers its reaction:

“Achieving the absolute best academic standards for Indiana is the bottom line. We need to improve student learning, meet the essential college- and career-ready requirement and have an appropriate student assessment system. Those elements all currently exist within the Common Core State Standards program, which we continue to fully support,” asserts Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar.

“We’ve yet to see any reasonable alternative presented that also checks all those boxes. If that does happen at some point in this lengthy review process, all involved will need to determine whether or not it truly raises the bar for Hoosier students.

“Meanwhile, the Indiana Chamber will continue to advocate for any student data concerns to be addressed via legislation and for the state to maintain the ability to modify the standards as well as decide what assessments are used.”

Background about Common Core in Indiana: The Common Core academic standards spell out what students are expected to learn at each grade level in math and English, plus the skills they’ll need for college or career. Common Core was developed by governors and state superintendents. A total of 46 states are currently participating in Common Core.

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The Indiana Chamber of Commerce partners with 15,000 members and investors – representing 2.6 million Hoosiers – to achieve the mission of “cultivating a world-class environment which provides economic opportunity and prosperity.”

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