9 things you need to know about Indiana education

TEST UPDATE: Indiana has chosen American Institutes for Research, involved in designing exams affiliated with Common Core, to create ISTEP’s replacement. Read more from Chalkbeat, the Journal Gazette and WFYI.

NEW ERA: About 20 percent of Indianapolis Public Schools students now attend innovation schools. The shift raises questions about how the role of the central office will change as the district absorbs charter schools and gives other schools charter-like independence. Read more in Chalkbeat and the IndyStar.

EDUCATION POLITICS: Almost a year after Jennifer McCormick beat Glenda Ritz in a bid for state schools chief, some Ritz supporters who were skeptical of the Yorktown Republican have changed their tune. Read more from Chalkbeat.

CHARTER EXPANSION: Betsy DeVos’ Department of Education has awarded Indiana $60 million to expand charter schools. Read more from WFYI.

TEACHERS: Indiana is experimenting with teacher mentoring and residency programs to boost teacher retention and reduce shortages. Read more in the IndyStar.

DACA: In the face of uncertainty over the fate of young people protected by DACA, the Indianapolis Public Schools Board passed a resolution in support of undocumented students. Read more in WTHR and RTV6.

TRAGEDY: A Perry Township teacher was tragically killed last week during homecoming activities. Read more from the Indy Star and Fox 59.

LEAD TESTING: State officials are reporting that fewer than half of Indiana’s school districts are participating in a free lead testing program created after the crisis in East Chicago. Read more from StateImpact.

FUNDING BUMP: Muncie Schools could get a boost from the state along the lines of $3.5 million. Read more from the Associated Press.