Rise & Shine: Why Indiana has to keep giving standardized tests

Happy Friday,

A lot of education news was packed into this short week. To finish it out, we have a story about the state’s ongoing discussion on changing the accountability system for high schools.

It’s still a rough draft, but the idea is to judge high schools' performance not only using graduation rates and test scores, but also by what students do the year after. The potential change was prompted by the state’s new graduation pathways, but has some education advocates concerned. Read on for more details.

— Emma Kate Fittes, reporter

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QUALITY: High schools in Indiana may soon be rated on what their students do after graduation — instead of just on how many of them pass state tests and earn a diploma. Chalkbeat.

TESTING: Standardized tests aren’t popular, but Indiana has to keep giving them under federal law. IndyStar

VIOLENCE AT SCHOOL: The attorney of the Shortridge High School student who was punched by a police officer addressed the media for the first time since the family filed a lawsuit yesterday. FOX59

REFORMS: Free preschool and community college are among the reforms Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado said he’d make as president. AP

DUAL CREDIT: Students in Muncie are estimated to have saved some $446,014 in college tuition by taking dual credit classes in high school. Star Press

CONTRACT QUESTIONS: A school board in South Bend delayed hiring a consulting company after questions arose about its relationship with the superintendent. South Bend Tribune