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January 12, 2018
Indiana’s graduation rate has barely changed in 6 years while most of the nation is on the rise
Since 2011, Indiana's graduation rate has stagnated.
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May 10, 2016
Top-scoring township schools scored well on Indiana’s tougher new state ISTEP exam
Despite a much tougher exam that led to dramatic drops in test scores across the state, the top Marion County schools from townships and small cities…
September 21, 2015
The changing face of Indianapolis reflected by school enrollment data
And with every annual enrollment count, the subtle changes that are reshaping Indianapolis schools become a bit more pronounced.
September 15, 2015
Top scoring township and small city schools tend to serve wealthier children
Only three of the top 10 Marion County public schools when it came to passing ISTEP in 2014, excluding IPS and charter schools, served a large share of high-poverty kids.
September 3, 2015
Schools try to understand why the wealthiest Marion County district got the most new poverty aid
Federal poverty aid went up for schools in Franklin Township, the wealthiest school district in Marion County for family income, but went down nearly everywhere else.
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.
March 24, 2015
Indiana Supreme Court says schools can cut busing
The state constitution does not require public schools to provide bus service, the justices ruled.
September 19, 2014
Teachers tackle new standards but worry about tests
The four-month standards debate didn’t end until Gov. Mike Pence and state Superintendent Glenda Ritz, political foes in most education debates, jointly endorsed new standards and pushed them them through two state boards last April. That left teachers just more than three months to learn the standards, alter their lessons and prepare for big accompanying changes to the state’s ISTEP test that will affect all students in grades 3 to 8.
August 5, 2014
Some townships show ISTEP gains despite challenges of growing poverty
In a few Marion County school districts — especially Pike and Wayne townships — the percentage of students passing ISTEP is growing quickly, even as the families the schools serve have grown considerably poorer.
August 4, 2014
Indiana sees a small gain in ISTEP scores
Hoosier kids in grades 3 to 8 collectively made the smallest gain on ISTEP in five years in 2014, gaining just one percentage point over the prior year. Statewide 74.7 percent of test takers passed both the English and math portions of ISTEP, according to data related today by the Indiana Department of Education.
June 10, 2014
Report shows connection between diploma type and college success
Two-thirds of Indiana graduating seniors went to college in 2012, according to a report out today from the Commission on Higher Education, but about four…
April 16, 2014
Reversing trend, fewer students who failed state tests graduated in 2013
For the first time in four years, Indiana saw a decline in the percentage of high school graduates who were given a pass after failing state-required tests. According to 2013 data released today by the Indiana Department of Education, 6.8 percent of graduating Indiana seniors received waivers, allowing them to graduate without passing state tests. That figure exceeded 9 percent in 2012, when lawmakers and critics of the practice first raised alarms.
April 7, 2014
New evaluation system gives few Indiana teachers low grades
Nearly all rated educators were classified in the top two categories as effective or highly effective: a whopping 97 percent. That’s not exactly what state had in mind, leaving some leaders scratching their heads.
April 7, 2014
IPS rates just five teachers ineffective
Does it seem plausible that one school in Lawrence Township, a B-rated school in fact, has more ineffective teachers than all of Indianapolis Public Schools, where more than half the schools were rated D and F last year? Because that’s what data released today by the state shows.
January 15, 2014
More A's and B's, fewer F's for Indiana school districts
Indiana school districts earned more A and B grades, and fewer D’s and F’s, than last year on their state report cards. The grades for…
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