TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Indiana's schools will now have new leadership in the superintendent role.
Some Indiana teachers considered this a victory for the state.
Some educators opposed former superintendent Tony Bennett's changes to the school system.
Principal of St. Patrick's School Amy McClain said Tony Bennett's education reform affected their school greatly.
She said some good things came of Bennett's time in the position.
"I think that they were very student-driven, student-motivated and that some great things came of it," said McClain.
But now there's a new superintendent poised to take the reins.
Glenda Ritz wants to re-evaluate some of Bennett's changes including everything from the voucher program to standardized testing.
One of Bennett's changes included iRead, a reading test third graders need to pass in order to advance to the fourth grade.
But McClain thinks this is a necessary test for the state to determine students are learning at a reasonable rate.
"I think children need to know how to read when they're in the third grade. Yes, we are going to continue to teach our students how to read. How the state chooses to assess it is up to them. But we're going to continue to teach students to read," said McClain.
McClain said the education system is something important to so many Hoosiers.
She believes both Ritz and Bennett have the good of Indiana students in mind and each one brings different talents to the table.
Ultimately, McClain thinks the education system is solid and will take care of itself, no matter who is in charge.
Ritz will take over at the state's new school superintendent after the first of the year.
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