Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett and Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers today announced the Indiana Education Roundtable will develop and execute a comprehensive K-16 plan. The plan aims to better coordinate programs and efforts between the many state government entities impacting K-16 education and career preparation (the State Board of Education, the Indiana Department of Education, the Commission for Higher Education, and the Department of Workforce Development).
“This is a great opportunity to study and strengthen the entire network of educational services we provide students—from childhood to adulthood,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett said. “We want all students not only to graduate from high school but also to complete college or a workforce certification program.”
To achieve this goal, the roundtable will work to align the many education programs and resources currently provided to ensure Indiana’s education and workforce system meets all students’ needs. Additionally, the roundtable will consider developing a network of education, civic and business organizations throughout the state to build consensus for substantive and urgent change in K-16 education, an initiative called the Partnership for Indiana’s Future.
“We need our education system to keep pace with our rapidly changing economy,” Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers said. “This alignment will help us identify ways to better focus our efforts on preparing all students for successful careers and college.”
Dr. Dan Clark, former government relations director for the Indiana State Teachers Association, has been selected to serve as the Education Roundtable’s executive director and will focus on implementing this system alignment goal..
“Education must change so all students acquire the skills and knowledge to compete in the global economy. This transformation is essential for our children to succeed as well as for our state’s economic health,” Clark said. “I look forward to working with the Education Roundtable to advance the academic achievement of all Hoosiers and to improve their educational opportunities and outcomes.”
The Education Roundtable was established in 1999 and is responsible for assuring the state has world class academic standards. The members of the roundtable include representatives of the state’s major K-12 education, higher education and business organizations. The roundtable makes recommendations to the Governor, the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Indiana General Assembly.
For more information on the Indiana Education Roundtable, go to www.in.gov/edroundtable/.
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