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November 8, 2018
How many Indiana schools got As in 2018? Depends if state or feds are doing the grading.
The differences between state and federal ratings were accidentally released early as part of the Indiana State Board of Education’s Wednesday meeting agenda.
October 17, 2018
Here’s why it matters that Indiana has different rules for schools serving dropouts and adults
Adult high school leaders say the model, which relies on graduation data and college credits or workplace certifications earned, is more accurate for their students.
September 27, 2018
Indiana should do more to hold schools accountable for serving vulnerable students, analysis says
The report, from the Washington-based advocacy group Alliance for Excellent Education, analyzes states’ plans to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act.
September 4, 2018
Indiana officials didn’t have to go far to find a new model for improving schools
Indiana is looking across state lines for inspiration as it revamps its school turnaround efforts. State officials are creating a school improvement system based on…
August 23, 2018
Indiana schools getting 2 state grades? Too confusing for parents and educators, experts say.
State education leaders asked for input from national experts in March.
The Colorado Way
May 7, 2018
Feds approve Colorado’s education plan after multiple revisions, but critics see more work to do
Colorado wanted to use its state accountability system to meet federal requirements, but ultimately the two were not entirely compatible.
March 21, 2018
The Indiana State Board of Education is hitting the brakes on a plan to overhaul A-F school grades
The Indiana State Board of Education is pressing pause on a proposed overhaul of how schools are graded that…
January 23, 2018
Plans for a single Indiana diploma advance with new rules that raise the bar for graduation waivers
In a move that might make it more difficult for some students to graduate, Indiana lawmakers are considering raising the threshold for allowing students to…
January 19, 2018
Indiana’s federally required education plan wins approval
The U.S Department of Education announced the plan's approval on Friday.
January 16, 2018
Will Indiana go through with a ‘confusing’ plan that could mean every school winds up with two A-F grades?
It's pretty uncommon for states to adopt two accountability systems.
January 10, 2018
State board OKs new A-F grade plan that ‘will affect every school in Indiana’
The rules were approved 7-4.
January 5, 2018
Proposed A-F grading rules would make test scores even more important in Indiana
The changes come as Indiana works to create a plan comply with new federal education law, known as the Every Student Succeeds Act.
ESSA Wrap up
October 11, 2017
Colorado bows to federal pressure, adopts second school quality system that penalizes schools for testing opt-out
Some state board members worried two quality systems would create additional work for teachers, create confusion among the public or misidentify schools.
September 20, 2017
Indiana has a curious plan to sidestep federal rules — give schools two A-F grades next year.
Grades based on 2017 ISTEP tests that are set to come out next month, which schools have already seen, are not part of this change.
September 19, 2017
Educators to state officials: ‘Indiana needs just one diploma’
Multiple previous efforts to redo diploma requirements have resulted in little action and several false starts.
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