Expert Advice for Indiana on Its Education Plan

July 18, 2017

Indiana is developing a new plan to improve education across the state. The state’s vision will address ideas for how to better identify and support struggling schools and districts, how to close the state’s achievement gap, and much more.

It’s really a great opportunity for Indiana because the state can craft a plan that’s bold, innovative, and relevant to Indiana’s students, Indiana’s teachers and Indiana’s schools – not top-down one-size-fits-all goals dictated by Washington.

The choices Indiana makes in developing this new plan can help propel education forward in the state.

This is great news – but it also means that Indiana leaders need to make sure they put together a strong plan that will help advance educational opportunities for all students.

Education leaders and policymakers in Indiana are currently drafting a plan, which they will submit to the U.S. Department of Education by September 18.

Luckily for Indiana, 17 states have already submitted their own plans back in April – and experts from both sides of the aisle have given thorough feedback. That means that Indiana is in an ideal position to craft a plan that works for Indiana — but also look at what experts think are best practices from examples that already exist.

Now, we need to make sure that Indiana’s policymakers know about these great resources.

Indiana kids are smart. Indiana teachers are ready. But we need to be active citizens and speak up in order to make Indiana a leader in education.

Visit CheckStatePlans.org to help make your state’s plan to improve education the best it can be!

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Adam Ezring is the Director of Policy at the Collaborative for Student Success.