5 things you should know about Indiana education

BREAKING APART: School district “secession” is happening in states across the country, but Indiana has had just one case of a district trying to split since 2000. In Indianapolis, at least, the absence of breakaway districts makes sense — they city’s schools are already separate. Read more from Chalkbeat.

TESTING SNAFU: Test scores from 20 different schools will have to be thrown out after calculator mix-ups caused them to be invalidated. At one district, the fault lies with Pearson, the company that administers Indiana’s ISTEP test. For some kids, a test re-take is in order. Read more from Chalkbeat, the Journal Gazette, WISH-TV, StateImpact, the Associated Press, NWI Times and WIBC.

MORE MONEY: Almost half a million dollars is headed to four Marion County school districts to support new efforts in science, technology, engineering and math. Read more from Chalkbeat,

FUNDING CUTS: Federal dollars dedicated to teacher training could see cuts, although it’s not yet clear how much. Large districts and those with high levels of poverty could be most affected. WFYI has the story.

NEW SCHOOL: By summer of 2018, Goodwill Education Initiatives wants to open another Excel Center in Muncie. The schools, which have grown quickly in Indianapolis, are meant to serve adults who want to earn a high school diploma. Read more from WIBC.