7 things you need to know about Indiana education
MATH YOU’LL USE: This Indiana high school is re-thinking how it teaches Algebra 2, a class that has become a barrier to a diploma for some students. The class could serve as a model for the state, which is also considering alternatives to the advanced math course. Read more in Chalkbeat.
GRADUATION: Over the last two years, educators at Arsenal Technical High School led a campaign that increased graduation rates by more than 15 percentage points. Will they be able to sustain that growth? Read more in Chalkbeat.
ONE DIPLOMA: Indiana lawmakers are pushing forward with a single diploma in a bid to align with a new federal approach to counting graduates. But the state plans to preserve graduation tracks that currently exist. Read more in Chalkbeat and the Indy Star.
FOUR-DAY WEEK: Rural Colorado districts are moving to four-day school weeks to save money and attract teachers. Now, a district in the Denver metro area with nearly 18,000 students is following their lead. Read more in Chalkbeat.
NEW APPROACH: Tennessee officials say a new approach is changing when students are labeled as having a learning disability. Now, there is almost no gap between white students and students of color. Read more in Chalkbeat.
PRE-K: The state-funded initiative to help low-income families afford preschool was expanded to 15 new counties this year. But in some places, it hasn’t yet caught on. Read more in the Kokomo Tribune.
STEAM: Fort Wayne schools is considering opening a new regional school that would focus on math, science, art, engineering, and technology. The school would be part of a new development in downtown Fort Wayne. Read more in the Journal Gazette and the News Sentinel.
— Shaina Cavazos and Dylan Peers McCoy, reporters