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July 30, 2017
Do vouchers actually expand school choice? Not necessarily — it depends on how they’re designed
Who benefits most from private school voucher programs: families with few options or the schools themselves?
November 15, 2016
As Trump education secretary speculation heats up, Indiana names top the list
Education policy watchers have cited Tony Bennett and Luke Messer as possible candidates.
October 31, 2016
With days to the election, these questions loom large over the future of Indiana schools
What direction will Indiana choose and how will affect schools?
October 5, 2016
Gregg: The only way politicians can help Indiana schools is by working together
The Democratic candidate for governor explains where he stands on major education issues.
October 4, 2016
Holcomb: The best teachers expect a lot and invest even more in their students
Holcomb, Indiana’s Lieutenant Governor, says he often draws on early school experiences to inform his education policies.
July 26, 2016
In replacing Pence in governors race, Holcomb calls for cooperation on education
Indiana’s Republican party today solved one political mystery by naming Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb as its candidate for governor but, for educators, another huge question…
July 15, 2016
Could Pence leaving the governor’s race actually hurt Ritz’s chances?
The governor and state superintendent have had epic battles over education the last four years
State Superintendent Race
June 11, 2016
Ritz vs. McCormick is the 2016 showdown for Indiana state superintendent
Yorktown school Superintendent Jennifer McCormick today was named the Republican choice to challenge incumbent Democrat Glenda Ritz in the November election for state superintendent at…
May 3, 2016
Indiana data system fusing education, jobs needs state funding to continue
The “Indiana Network of Knowledge” would create a centralized system to show education and workforce trends across the state.
May 2, 2016
Indiana teachers to lawmakers: ISTEP replacement should be shorter, more useful
Lawmakers made final recommendations to a 23-member panel that will meet throughout the year to explore new test options.
March 22, 2016
Gov. Pence signs ISTEP’s death warrant, kicks off two-year rush to replace exam
A 23-member panel of teachers, parents and others now have about 700 days to come up with a new test for Indiana.
February 23, 2016
Bill that would kill ISTEP passes Senate but debate over rescore remains
The bill next heads to a conference committee so lawmakers can work through their differences.
February 17, 2016
Senate panel nixes pricey ISTEP rescore
The bill, which also proposes the test expire in 2017, passed 8-3 and next heads to the full Senate.
February 9, 2016
Junking Indiana’s ISTEP test: What might come next and at what cost?
Lawmakers want to overhaul standardized tests, but state and federal law could limit how much they change.
February 5, 2016
These 22 education bills are still alive halfway through Indiana's 2016 legislative session
The bills switch chambers and could begin hearings as early as next week.
February 2, 2016
Every Marion County school district except one will get a break from the state
The State Board of Education is also expected to address the performance of state takeover schools.
January 28, 2016
Challenging Ritz, McCormick cites politics and management problems
The Yorktown superintendent is seeking the Republican nomination to run for state superintendent.
January 26, 2016
Find your school’s 2015 A-F letter grade
Few schools across the state saw their grades change from 2014.
January 22, 2016
State board aims to reduce the fear of state takeover for 3 schools
Recently passed legislation wouldn't have protected the three schools from further state consequences.
January 21, 2016
It’s over: Pence signs bills pausing ISTEP consequences for one year
After nearly two years of debate, Pence and lawmakers bowed to Ritz’s solution to a big test score drop.
January 20, 2016
Indiana’s new A-F grade system: It’s not just about pass or fail anymore
2016 will be the first year grades are calculated under the new model.
January 12, 2016
Pence: Indiana needs to take action to improve ISTEP
Pence endorsed efforts to relieve schools and teachers from accountability sanctions in his annual State of the State address.
January 12, 2016
Near unanimous support has bills to shield teachers, schools from ISTEP sanctions flying
Legislative leaders said this week they hope to have both bills to Pence to be signed into law by the end of the month.
January 6, 2016
Republican senator's call for a 2-year delay of ISTEP sanctions goes nowhere
A bipartisan plan for a one-year reprieve from ISTEP consequences sailed through two legislative committees today.
January 6, 2016
Nearly all Indiana schools see ISTEP scores plunge
Here’s how badly Indiana’s schools did on the new ISTEP: Just four of 1,500 public schools that took the 2015 exam had more kids pass…
January 5, 2016
Bills aimed at teacher hiring take a back seat to ISTEP, for now
Several lawmakers are working on bills to offer incentives for college graduates to become teachers and other support.
January 4, 2016
Pence signs on to Ritz's approach to 'pause' A-F grades, ISTEP sanctions
Democrats and Republicans are backing a bill is expected to be considered by the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.
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.
December 9, 2015
Teachers union joins the push to roll back 2011 education reforms
The Indiana State Teachers Association wants lawmakers to relax bargaining rules, reduce testing and put a 2-year hold on accountability sanctions.
November 11, 2015
State senator: Legislature should pass a bill now to relieve ISTEP sanctions
Sen. Mark Stoops proposed a bill to relieve schools and teachers from possible test score drops — But he wants it passed before lawmakers convene for the 2016 session.
November 3, 2015
State board member calls for Indiana to keep a general diploma
Parents and educators have said new diplomas would create more challenges for students with special needs.
October 27, 2015
In an about-face, Pence joins Ritz in calling for relief from testing sanctions
In a letter to the Indiana State Board of Education today, Pence said lower projected ISTEP scores shouldn't hurt teacher evaluations or pay.
September 30, 2015
Experts to Indiana: Worry less about the length of ISTEP
Experts who on Tuesday spoke to a legislative study committee had this advice for the state: don't worry about the length of the test.
September 16, 2015
Indiana high school senior to U.S. Secretary of Education: Help me get to college
Ben Davis University High School Senior Rosa Ramos Ochoa was sure she earned a 21st Century scholarship. And she had a Social Security number. But she was still left out.
August 18, 2015
Duncan: Indiana's preschool pilot should be open to all kids
Despite criticism from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan that Indiana’s preschool pilot program should not shut out children who are in the country without permission, Gov. Mike Pence’s office said the rule is needed to stay consistent with the way federal preschool programs work.
August 7, 2015
Glenda Ritz drops out of governor's race
State Superintendent Glenda Ritz announced today she is no longer running for governor, saying she needed to focus instead on her work in education.
August 4, 2015
State board ready to roll out new state charter school grant program
The Indiana State Board of Education is expected to vote on the details of new charter school loan and grant programs on Wednesday.
July 17, 2015
Indiana finalizes new A-to-F model for 2015-16
The new rules will equally weigh ISTEP passing rates and student test score improvement.
July 17, 2015
Test yourself: Do you know the basics of Indiana education?
It's a good time to brush up on your Indiana education knowledge. Try your hand at our quiz that includes questions on our four newest "basics" posts out this week.
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 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.
June 15, 2015
5 ways Glenda Ritz's run for governor will change education and politics
Glenda Ritz has announced her plan to challenge Gov. Mike Pence in 2015 — will that decision affected the state's political and education policy environments?
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.
June 4, 2015
Glenda Ritz makes her run for governor official
State Superintendent Glenda Ritz today launched a run for governor, saying only by replacing Gov. Mike Pence can she give schools the support they need…
May 29, 2015
New state board members talk Glenda Ritz, testing, state takeover
A shorter ISTEP and careful consideration of A-to-F school grades are popular ideas.
May 28, 2015
IPS approach to improving schools could go statewide
Gov. Mike Pence today signed House Bill 1009, allowing any school district in the state to pilot creative ideas the way IPS did.
May 26, 2015
As Ritz contemplates a run against Pence, how strong is her teacher and parent support?
With a possible run for governor on the horizon, school visits also offer a gauge of the strength of Glenda Ritz's appeal with a core constituency: parents and teachers.
May 19, 2015
Teachers union to Pence: Reappoint Cari Whicker to the state board
A teachers union list of recommendations for who Gov. Mike Pence should appoint to the Indiana State Board of Education is telling for who it suggests, and who it doesn't
May 14, 2015
A year after Common Core, the next battle could be Indiana's new science standards
The Indiana Department of Education is set to update the state’s science standards, but some are worried it'll rely too heavily on standards deemed too easy and unclear.
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