Rise & Shine: A committee of lawmakers will consider how to streamline teacher training

Good morning,

I’d like to start today by thanking the more than 50 people who responded to our ILEARN survey. We heard from parents and educators who said students were stressed out from the tests, who were frustrated by the outcomes, and who highlighted issues like the length of time the test took.

Many also raised concerns related to the test’s accommodations for students with special needs, saying the lack of appropriate tools contributed in part to the state’s low scores.

The Indiana Department of Education defended the state’s decision to eliminate and adjust some accommodations for the new test, pointing out that the digital format allowed for 20 new accomodations.

But teachers and parents pointed to clunky dropdown menus, no American Sign Language interpreters, and the decision to disallow calculators.

Read on for our full story.

— Emma Kate Fittes, reporter

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ILEARN: Why some students with special needs struggled with ILEARN accommodations. Chalkbeat

TRAINING: A committee of lawmakers will consider how to streamline the amount of training required of teachers. WISH, Statehouse File

DISCIPLINE: An Anderson teacher is facing discipline after a parent reported a rude comment on a post about a teen’s death. WTHR, Tribune Star

VAPING: Schools in Blackford County are seeing a growing number of students vaping THC. Fox59

A teen in Bedford is warning his friends not to vape after his own near-death experience. WTHR

TRIAL: A former elementary and middle school nurse charged with 10 counts of child molesting will go to trial in January. Star Press