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The basics of education in Indiana
What you need to know about what's happening and why.
August 22, 2017
After almost 10 years of changes to Indiana classrooms, ESSA’s headed your way. Here’s what you should know about the new federal law.
Given Indiana’s history, ESSA is likely to be just the latest in a long line of education policy changes.
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November 3, 2016
The basics of Jennifer McCormick: Political newcomer struggles to set herself apart
The New Castle native has spent her career in Yorktown, a traditional public school district in northeastern Indiana that enrolls about 2,500 students K-12.
2016 Indiana governor race
November 2, 2016
The basics of Eric Holcomb on education: Moving past the policy wars
The Republican candidate for governor wants to set a new tone for talking about schools.
July 12, 2016
No Child Left Behind is gone. Here’s how new federal law could affect Indiana schools
As Indiana tries to decide the future of testing in classrooms across the state, it’s also dealing with complicated new federal rules.
December 22, 2015
The basics of the IPS plan for school autonomy and innovation
District leaders aim to transform IPS by granting greater freedom to school leaders.
December 21, 2015
The basics of Indiana’s teacher shortage debate: What comes next?
This isn't the first year Indiana schools have had troubled finding qualified teachers to fill open jobs, but it seems to be the first year everyone's paying attention.
July 16, 2015
The basics of English language learning: Schools struggle to adapt
Indianapolis is at the center of the state's demographic shift, seeing more than 200 percent growth in English learners since 2001.
July 15, 2015
The basics of Indiana’s NCLB waiver: An ongoing debate
In 2012, Indiana negotiated a waiver from sanctions of NCLB, making promises to the federal government in exchange. Ever since, managing it has been a bit messy.
July 14, 2015
The basics of township schools: Successes and challenges are often overlooked
Eight township school districts in Indianapolis serve about three-fourths of the city's students.
July 13, 2015
The basics of Mike Pence on education: A battle for control
As governor, Mike Pence has pushed for career and technical education, school choice, tougher school accountability and changes to standards and tests.
March 5, 2015
The basics of everything: Your guide to education issues in Indiana
Few states can match the Hoosier state for the wide variety of efforts to change the way students learn, or for the level of drama and discord that has accompanied those efforts.
January 4, 2015
The basics of school funding in Indiana: Difficulty defining fairness
There is perhaps no more difficult and complicated issue in education then paying for schools, and Indiana in 2015 is heading into a renewed debate about how its funding system works.
September 8, 2014
The basics of Indiana academic standards: A new beginning
Standards setting is usually a sleepy process, led by committees of teachers and education experts in sparsely attended meetings with little fanfare. But 2014 saw standards at the center of legislative debates and the final vote by the Indiana Education Roundtable to approve new standards was preceded by statehouse protest and met by jeers from a standing room only crowd.
July 28, 2014
The basics of testing in Indiana: Change on the horizon
In 2014, standardized testing became a central battleground as state policymakers instituted new standards for what students are expected to learn. By 2015, that will require major changes to ISTEP, Indiana’s state exam.
February 10, 2014
The basics of early childhood education in Indiana: A new era begins
Indiana has long been behind most of the rest of the country when it comes to state support for early education. But there are some signs the state could be changing its attitude toward early childhood education. An important change in the political landscape was the strong support of Republican Gov. Mike Pence in late 2013 for a new preschool pilot program.
Updated December 1, 2015
The basics of Tony Bennett: A reform star’s rise and fall
After pushing hard for educational change, Bennett faced a backlash.
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Updated November 3, 2016
The basics of Glenda Ritz: A lone voice at the top against Republican education agenda
This is one of two stories summarizing the basics facts about Indiana’s two major party candidates for state superintendent. A more detailed story about Glenda…
December 22, 2013
The basics of A-F grading in Indiana: Changes and controversy
A to F grades for schools, a relatively new idea, have been hotly debated.
December 22, 2013
The basics of teachers unions in Indiana: Facing tough times
Teachers unions have seen tougher opposition under Republican legislative leadership.
November 27, 2013
The basics of Common Core standards in Indiana: A reconsideration
An early adopter of Common Core, the state has since changed course.
November 21, 2013
The basics of state takeover in Indiana: Getting tough with failing schools
Big questions remain about the school improvement strategy.
November 18, 2013
The basics of teacher evaluation in Indiana, part 2: Ratings formulas and merit pay
A look at how the new system works.
November 18, 2013
The basics of teacher evaluation in Indiana, part 1: A political battle
A big overhaul changed the way teacher performance is reviewed.
October 30, 2013
The basics of Indianapolis Public Schools: A new beginning
Superintendent Lewis Ferebee is pushing for big changes.
October 24, 2013
The basics of charter schools in Indiana: A mayor’s big role
Charter schools are expanding quickly in Indiana.
October 23, 2013
Indiana’s sweeping voucher program could be a model for the nation. Here’s how it works.
Indiana's program rapidly expanded to educate 34,299 students.
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