INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â€” Indiana is the first state to withdraw from the Common Core reading and math standards that were adopted by most states around the country.
Republican Gov. Mike Pence’s office says he signed a bill Monday pulling Indiana from the program. Legislators earlier approved the measure requiring the State Board of Education to draft new standards outlining what students should be learning in each grade rather than using the Common Core standards.
Pence said in a statement that he believes Indiana’s students are best served by education decisions made at the state and local level.
Common Core was developed by the National Governors Association and state education superintendents. Indiana adopted the standards in 2010 under then-Superintendent Tony Bennett, a Republican.
Many GOP lawmakers pushed for the withdrawal from Common Core.