Citing statistics which showed nearly 20 percent of Indiana schools were placed on academic watch or probation by the Indiana Department of Education and nearly 50 percent of schools were rated mediocre or worse, Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence unveiled the following goals to improve education in Indiana.
- Support third grade reading standard and increase math skill development
- Support quality, community pre-K initiatives and examine opportunities to increase access to pre-K for underprivileged children
- Support expanded choice, access to quality schools and continue to ensure that Indiana is on the cutting edge of charter school innovation
- Promote quality schools by developing talented school leaders
- Fund excellence by increasing rewards for great schools and great teachers
- Give teachers more freedom to teach
- Address the dropout and remediation crisis
In a news release Pence stated that Indiana had made progress more needed to be done. He noted 4,600 kids in the class of 2011 didn’t complete high school.