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April 6, 2017
How a computer program designed for home-based preschool in Utah could get a piece of Indiana’s education budget
Upstart, a software program developed by the Utah Department of Education and the nonprofit Waterford, is at the center of the proposal.
January 4, 2016
5 bold predictions for the new year for ISTEP, teachers, Pence, Ritz and IPS
Ferebee is in demand, Ritz and Pence have political challenges and ISTEP could die in 2016.
December 16, 2015
House Speaker Brian Bosma: Dump ISTEP for a new exam
Problems with ISTEP have key legislators wondering if it's time to try something different.
July 28, 2015
Indiana charter schools miss out on funding formula boost for English learners
In the new state budget, districts where English language learners make up at least 25 percent of students can qualify for extra aid, but not if they're a charter school.
June 8, 2015
Will Common Core return to Indiana through ISTEP?
Senate Bill 566 says the state can use outside test questions as long as they align with Indiana standards.
May 5, 2015
After funding boost, schools consider how to better help English language learners
Chalkbeat, the Star and WFYI will host a panel discussion at the Central Library at 6 p.m. Wednesday on improving services for English language learners.
April 23, 2015
ISTEP looks likely to survive after long legislative debate
Sen. Luke Kenley said today he could go along instead with a plan to study future changes to state tests rather than an immediate overhaul.
April 7, 2015
House committee saves ISTEP, calls for study of replacement options
A proposal to replace ISTEP with an off-the-shelf national test was derailed today as a House committee sent the idea to a summer committee for…
April 6, 2015
Could the battle over ISTEP put Indiana's NCLB waiver in jeopardy?
A showdown is brewing this week over the future of ISTEP, but expect a new question to be raised: could changes to state tests could put…
February 26, 2015
Dumping ISTEP? Legislators are at a crossroads
Two bills conflict — should ISTEP be replaced next year, or the change come later, allowing lawmakers to continue conversations over the summer?
January 22, 2015
State budget debate: Should charter schools get extra cash?
In most cases, Indiana charter schools draw money from fewer sources and generally get less aid per student then traditional public schools. But the question for the Senate Appropriations Committee today was whether that was fair or if they should get a financial boost in the state's next two year budget?
December 11, 2014
Ritz tells budget makers new state tests could cost much more
Indiana’s move to create new state test to connect to its new academic standards — rather than follow Common Core standards and cheaper tests developed…
March 19, 2014
How Indiana jumped from Common Core but got on board with preschool
Simultaneously Hoosiers dropped out of of a group of 45 states that have agreed to share standards while also joining in on another education front by becoming the 42nd state to offer financial aid for preschool. Driving the state in these different directions were politics, timing and changing attitudes.
March 19, 2014
Common Core: Without a champion, support waned
So how did Indiana become the first state to formally withdraw from Common Core? Opponents of the standards were able to connect with the natural sympathy of several key Republican players, who share with Common Core critics grave concerns about the influence of the federal government.
March 13, 2014
Ailing preschool pilot program finds new life (updated)
New life was breathed into Gov. Mike Pence’s ailing preschool pilot program proposal under a deal forged by a committee of Democrats and Republicans from both legislative chambers. The pilot, stripped out of House Bill 1004 by Senate Republicans concerned about the program’s potential long term costs, was put back in and could even serve more kids than originally estimated.
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