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Indiana education policy is shaping the nation. Here’s how we can cover it together.
As Indiana is being held up by some as a national model of new strategies, our job is to add detail that can be seen only from up close. Will you join us in this work?
September 20, 2017
Double whammy: Indiana schools could see two A-F grades in 2018
Grades based on 2017 ISTEP tests that are set to come out next month, which schools have already seen, are not part of this change.
September 19, 2017
Educators to state officials: ‘Indiana needs just one diploma’
Multiple previous efforts to redo diploma requirements have resulted in little action and several false starts.
September 19, 2017
Rise & Shine: Indianapolis Public Schools board approves school closing plan
6 things you need to know about Indiana education IPS SCHOOL CLOSINGS: The Indianapolis Public Schools Board approved a plan to close Broad…
moving on up
September 18, 2017
With Holcomb’s support, Indiana’s next education plan heads to Washington
In a tweet Monday afternoon, state Superintendent Jennifer McCormick thanked Holcomb for his support.
September 13, 2017
How to attract and keep teachers in Indianapolis? Build them a village.
Several Indianapolis community groups unveiled a proposal to create a “teacher village” in the center city at an open house Tuesday night.
September 12, 2017
Tired of gay slurs, he came out to his students. Then a parent called him unfit to teach.
Every teacher shared stories about their challenges and triumphs in Circle City classrooms.
Back to school
September 11, 2017
Betsy DeVos is headed to Gary, Indianapolis and Hancock County on Friday
The tour also took her to Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri.
September 8, 2017
Rise & Shine: Indiana students react to high school’s Confederate flag ban
7 things you need to know about Indiana education TESTING: Indiana appears to have reached a new normal when it comes to ISTEP scores:…
September 6, 2017
The new normal: About half of Indiana kids passed ISTEP in 2017
Indiana appears to have reached a new normal when it comes to ISTEP scores: For the third straight year, about half of students passed…
September 5, 2017
ISTEP scores are coming tomorrow. Here’s how this year’s scores could change and why they matter.
Check back in with Chalkbeat tomorrow afternoon for news on the 2017 ISTEP scores.
August 31, 2017
Here are the 10 finalists for the 2018 Indiana Teacher of the Year
The 2018 winner will be chosen in October.
August 22, 2017
After almost 10 years of changes to Indiana classrooms, ESSA’s headed your way. Here’s what you should know about the new federal law.
Given Indiana’s history, ESSA is likely to be just the latest in a long line of education policy changes.
August 17, 2017
Indiana is working on a plan to make sure every school — not just white, affluent ones — has high-quality teachers
Indiana is examining how teachers are divided up among schools as part of its work on a new education plan to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.
August 11, 2017
Rise & Shine: Federal authorities charge man in connection with 2015 Plainfield High School threats
7 things you need to know about Indiana education LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL: A state committee is beginning its work devising a new set…
August 10, 2017
Next year, Indiana high schoolers will have to meet more “college or career readiness” requirements to graduate
It’s not yet clear exactly what those requirements will be, but a committee led by the Indiana State Board of Education is beginning the process to figure it out.
August 2, 2017
Indiana’s A-F grade overhaul now awaits approval from Holcomb, feds
The plan won’t be final until the state board completes its formal rulemaking process sometime in 2018.
August 1, 2017
Rise & Shine: Despite progress, Indiana students still heading to college unprepared
5 things you need to know about Indiana education MISSING UNION: Without drawing much attention, Indianapolis Public Schools removed the teachers union from John…
July 27, 2017
Goodbye, focus and priority schools: Hello, new ways of supporting Indiana’s struggling students, whether their school is an A or an F.
We break down the new rules and answer some questions.
July 25, 2017
Rise & Shine: How do private school vouchers affect segregation?
6 things you should know about Indiana education TESTING: Thanks to new federal law, Indiana officials are considering offering state tests in languages other…
July 24, 2017
New federal rules are pushing Indiana to explore giving state tests in Spanish
Based on a 2016 report from Education Week, fewer than 12 states test in languages other than English.
July 20, 2017
In a speech to ALEC, Betsy DeVos name drops Indiana school choice programs and advocates
ALEC is holding its annual conference this week in Denver.
stuck in the middle
July 20, 2017
How changes to dual credit and federal law are affecting schools and putting Indiana education officials in a bind
The board is expected to have further discussions on ESSA in August.
July 18, 2017
Rise & Shine: Here’s how the Senate health care bill would affect Indiana education
6 things you should know about Indiana education HIGH SCHOOL CLOSING: Indianapolis Public Schools officials are trying to make a difficult case — that…
July 14, 2017
Now hiring: Indiana is looking for a testing company to create ISTEP’s replacement
The testing system goes into effect in 2019.
July 11, 2017
Special education advocates want all students to be ready for life after high school — even those who don’t get diplomas
The proposal will be presented to the Indiana State Board of Education on Wednesday.
July 11, 2017
Rise & Shine: Gary emergency manager candidates to pitch district turnaround plans this week
5 things you should know about Indiana education DIPLOMA CHANGES: As early as fall of 2018, the general diploma could cease to count in…
July 7, 2017
The feds have a new definition for graduation rate, and Indiana’s general diploma doesn’t count
As early as fall of 2018, the general diploma could cease to count in the graduation rate the state is required to report to the federal government.
July 5, 2017
The first major study of Indiana’s voucher program might not change much for the state’s strong pro-school choice legislature
While interest in school choice research is growing across the country, it’s not clear the new Indiana study will actually affect what’s happening in the state.
June 30, 2017
Indiana has a new plan for schools and A-F grades. Here’s how it’s different from No Child Left Behind.
The plan next gets released for public comment through July 20.
June 27, 2017
Rise & Shine: Results from Indiana’s first voucher study and 4 other things to know about education this week
5 things you should know about Indiana education VOUCHERS: The first study examining the effects of Indiana’s voucher program reveal initial drops in math,…
June 23, 2017
Rise & Shine: Calculator errors could mean ISTEP re-takes for some Indiana students
5 things you should know about Indiana education BREAKING APART: School district “secession” is happening in states across the country, but Indiana has had…
June 21, 2017
School districts across the country are breaking apart, but Indianapolis is already divided
Communities across the U.S. are breaking away from larger urban districts, exacerbating segregation by race and class and draining money from school systems with…
June 20, 2017
Calculator mix-up could force some students to retake ISTEP, and Pearson is partially to blame
Students at 20 schools used calculators on a section of the 2017 ISTEP math test when they shouldn’t have.
June 20, 2017
Rise & Shine: Bloomington voucher school embroiled in debate over accepting LGBT students
4 things you should know about Indiana education FOLLOW THE MONEY: New federal data will reveal how much money every school gets — and…
June 9, 2017
Governor’s new appointees to the Indiana State Board of Education offer some clues to his education priorities
Current board members Vince Bertram and Gordon Hendry will return to the board until their new terms end in 2021.
June 7, 2017
After unsuccessful first attempt, private voucher schools use new Indiana law to win reprieve from A-F consequences
The requests take advantage of a new Indiana law passed in April.
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June 7, 2017
These 15 Indiana counties can now join the state’s effort to pay for preschool for poor 4-year-olds
Allen, Jackson, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh counties will continue to participate.
June 2, 2017
Rise & Shine: These 4 educators are getting $25,000 for changing their students’ lives
5 things you should know about Indiana education HONORS: With the school year wrapping up, some of the best teachers in Indianapolis Public Schools…
May 30, 2017
The story of Black Santa: How creative discipline tactics got this student from disruptive to most improved
Anita Saunders works with programs for young children at Indianapolis Public Schools.
May 26, 2017
Rise & Shine: Herron High School joins IPS and 7 other things you should know about Indiana education
NEW ADDITION: Yesterday, the IPS school board voted to add Herron High School and the future Riverside High School as innovation network schools. One…
May 19, 2017
Rise & Shine: A new gig for Glenda Ritz and 4 other things you should know about Indiana education
5 things you should know about Indiana education BACK IN THE GAME: After months of keeping a fairly low profile, former state Superintendent Glenda Ritz has…
back in the game
May 18, 2017
Next act for former Indiana schools chief Glenda Ritz: Consultant to school boards
The organization's mission is to help public school boards promote their schools’ work as well as analyze and fill gaps in literacy and reading programs.
May 17, 2017
A new study shows where people live — not school districts — is to blame for continuing segregation in Indiana
This is true even as Indiana sees a growing share of non-white students. IU conducted the study along with the Civil Rights Project at UCLA.
May 10, 2017
Indiana officials opt to punish Hoosier Academy Virtual and let it stay open. They told the long-failing school to do better. Again.
The tone of the discussion overall was far more tense and contentious than prior hearings.
May 10, 2017
Private schools seeking relief from years of bad grades met with rejection from Indiana State Board
State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick and fellow board members Gordon Hendry and Steve Yager were opposed.
May 9, 2017
Rise & Shine: Struggling online school set to make another Indiana State Board appearance
4 things you should know about Indiana education LIFE-CHANGING: Three teachers and one principal from Indianapolis Public Schools will win a big prize —…
May 8, 2017
Indiana officials will try for the fourth time to to address deep-seated issues at one long-struggling virtual school
On Wednesday, the Indiana State Board of Education is set to take up the case of Hoosier Academy Virtual Charter School.
May 8, 2017
Lawmakers want more research before they spend big on preschool. When it comes to vouchers, there’s no such hesitation.
Both issues were heavily debated in the recent legislative session.
May 4, 2017
Here’s a sneak peek into how Indiana’s new ILEARN testing system might work
Lawmakers approved the framework for the new testing system late last month, a move that has been years in the making.
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