7 things you should know about Indiana education

ISTEP PRACTICE: While ISTEP testing started late last month, schools can begin giving the multiple choice section in mid-April. Need to brush up on some English, math or science before then? Check out our sample ISTEP question quiz.

NATIONAL MODEL: U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos highlighted Indianapolis innovation schools in a speech yesterday. One school that got particular praise was School 15, a near east side elementary school where community leaders are aiming to create a neighborhood-led innovation school. Read our story about School 15 from earlier this year.

JOINING IPS: Herron High School, a sought-after charter school on the near east side, could be the latest school to join the Indianapolis Public Schools Innovation Network. The head of school will present a plan to the IPS board this week. Read our story.

FRESH START: An A-rated Gary public school that was closed in 2013 because of low enrollment and budget troubles is making a comeback as a private school thanks to state vouchers. Read more from the Post-Tribune.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS: Muncie’s superintendent says the district has to seriously consider closing schools to make up for drops in enrollment that have left the district far under capacity. The Star Press has the story.

SCHOOL PRAYER: As lawmakers debate prayer in public schools, students in Carmel are starting legal battles over signs espousing abortion rights and anti-abortion views. Read more from the Indy Star and WTHR.

CAREER & TECH: The career and technology center in Indianapolis Public Schools is focused on giving students experience in science and related fields so they can eventually find jobs in high-wage, high-demand positions across the state. And so far, alums have seen success. Read more about the career center and its work in the IBJ.