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October 14, 2015
Test format questions hold up state board vote on ISTEP passing scores
Last-minute questions about differences in the 2015 online and paper-pencil ISTEP tests postponed a state board vote to set passing scores on the exams today.
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 1, 2015
Ritz's plan for A-to-F grade 'pause' met by state board doubts
Board members asked Attorney General Greg Zoeller to review education department proposals.
June 30, 2015
A-to-F grade 'pause' won't harm NCLB waiver renewal, Ritz's team says
Glenda Ritz will ask the state board Wednesday to mitigate the effects of this year's A-to-F grades on schools
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 4, 2015
Indiana State Board of Education in limbo after legislature's move
Gov. Mike Pence made a bold call in December for big changes he said would “restore harmony” to the contentious Indiana State Board…
March 18, 2015
State board member urges contract changes to shorten future exams
An Indiana State Board of Education member is hoping to shorten future ISTEP tests by eliminating unnecessary sections she says were included in contract bids by the…
October 15, 2014
State board holds off on IPS lead partner vote
The Indiana State Board of Education postponed the vote on a new lead partner for John Marshall and Broad Ripple high schools until November. Sarah…
September 3, 2014
State board approves controversial changes to teacher certification rules
Job seekers who hold a four-year college degree and 3.0 GPA can now teach in Indiana classrooms once they pass a content knowledge exam — even if they haven't been trained as an educator. The State Board of Education signed off on the rules changes for the third time in two years today.
May 23, 2014
Union calls on state board to drop teacher licensure plan
The Indiana State Teachers Association and others are pushing hard to try to stop what they view as a loosening of teacher certification rules, but so far most of the state board members who favor those changes are standing by them.
May 14, 2014
Ritz-led effort to block teacher certification changes narrowly fails
An effort to kill changes to teacher certification, led by state Superintendent Glenda Ritz, was narrowly defeated by the Indiana State Board of Education today. The debate centered on a proposed “career specialist” teacher license. The rules allow anyone with significant professional experience in a subject to teach. They do not need any background in teaching.
April 9, 2014
Indiana students will take two state tests in 2014-15
Indiana students will take at least two online, state-run standardized tests in 2014-15, and some state board members raised concerns today about a proposal to add a third test.
October 25, 2013
State board member Andrea Neal's letter: Drop the suit
Andrea Neal, a one-time Indianapolis Star journalist named by Gov. Mike Pence to the State Board of Education over the summer, publicly released a letter to state Superintendent Glenda Ritz on twitter Friday afternoon calling for Ritz to drop her lawsuit against the other 10 members of the board. Four other board members — Troy Albert, David Freitas, Sarah O’Brien and Tony Walker — also sent a separate letter they jointly signed to Ritz asking for her to drop the suit. You can read it here. (UPDATE: I've also added board member Gordon Herdry's letter below.) In Neal's letter, she argues that Ritz's actions have damaged her ability to work collaboratively with board members and suggests Ritz used data delays as an excuse to delay accountability provisions of state law. Read it after the jump:
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