NEW TEAM: Indianapolis Public Schools chose principals for the four high schools that will remain open next year, and they are all current IPS staffers. Read more in Chalkbeat.
SCHOOL CLOSING: After years of failing grades from the state, Hoosier Academy Virtual Charter School’s board of trustees decided not to renew the school’s charter. It will officially close in June. Read more from Chalkbeat and WFYI.
TESTING: For the second time since the state switched to a new tougher test, Indiana’s ISTEP scores were stagnant. But, experts say, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing schools can do about it. Start with changing teaching, they say. Read more from Chalkbeat.
INNOVATION: In one of the first signs that innovation schools could help boost test scores in Indianapolis Public Schools, passing rates on ISTEP jumped last year at nearly every innovation school. Read more from Chalkbeat.
VOUCHER NEWS: A study of Florida’s vast voucher program found that students who got scholarships to attend private schools were more likely to attend college — but there was little effect on whether they earned associate’s or a bachelor’s degree. Read more in Chalkbeat.
UNIONS: A new study of California schools found that when teachers at charter schools unionize, student test scores go up. Read more in Chalkbeat.
TEXTBOOK MISHAP: A senior Saudi Arabian education official lost his job after a history textbook was published with a digitally altered image. The photo, which showed the signing of the United Nations charter in 1945, included the Star Wars character Yoda. Read more in the Washington Post.