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IDOE announces landmark ethnic course, standards

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The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) announced Tuesday a new landmark ethnic studies course and standards for Indiana schools. Per recently passed legislation by the Indiana General Assembly, beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, all corporations will be required to offer ethnic studies as a one semester high school elective course at least once per school year.

“As the educational leader of one of the first states to mandate a curricular offering focused on the study of the rich heritage of ethnic cultures in the United States, I am excited for students to have the opportunity to be taught historical perspectives, respect, and responsiveness of a diverse population,” said Dr. Jennifer McCormick, state superintendent of Public Instruction. “I want to recognize and thank the leaders who realized the importance of such an opportunity and acted accordingly.”

As an offered course, ethnic studies will provide Indiana students the opportunity to broaden their perspectives concerning lifestyles and cultural patterns of ethnic and racial groups within the United States. IDOE created the new ethnic studies standards in partnership with educators and local cultural awareness leaders throughout the state.

For more information regarding ethnic studies standards, including resources and support for educators, please visit: www.doe.in.gov/standards.