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September 27, 2017
Test scores jumped in innovation schools, but IPS leaders aren’t declaring victory just yet.
Of the eight innovation schools that took the ISTEP test last spring, seven had higher passing rates on both the math and English tests than in the previous year.
September 7, 2017
Innovation schools saw some of the largest gains on ISTEP in Indianapolis Public Schools. Here are the schools that had big changes.
Some schools with big drops in passing rates are surprising.
May 10, 2017
Indianapolis charter operator wants to take on an epic task: Managing all the struggling Gary elementary schools
Phalen Leadership Academies is part of a team bidding to be the state's manager for a takeover of Gary schools.
Time will tell
November 30, 2016
Is one year enough time to make a bad school better? Experts are divided.
Whether or not one year of test scores says much about a school depends on who you ask.
April 4, 2016
Low state ISTEP test scores landed these 10 Indianapolis Public Schools at the bottom
More than half of the schools among the bottom 10 for IPS on ISTEP were combined high schools.
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.
August 24, 2015
IPS neighborhood schools dominate lowest test-scorers
Of the 15 F-rated IPS in 2013-14, all but two also rated an F the year before. All of the 10 lowest scoring schools are neighborhood schools. None are magnet schools.
August 13, 2015
Hannon's goal: Help parents make choices and give schools useful data
A unified enrollment system is not a unique idea, but Caitlin Hannon hopes this system will go beyond its primary goal of simply helping match up families with schools.
July 21, 2015
Once fast-growing, Homegrown Summer Advantage dwindles to 160 Indianapolis students
Despite what supporters say is a strong track record of success, the once fast-growing program is now fading fast from Indiana. So what happened?
June 30, 2015
With 1,000 signatures, Stand For Children parents demand IPS action
Ferebee says parent input will factor into an IPS strategic plan coming in August.
May 11, 2015
Ferebee says he'd consider one enrollment process for IPS, charters
Ferebee said he has had "very preliminary" conversations with city officials about creating a common enrollment process.
April 29, 2015
IPS defends spending on Phalen innovation school against criticism
Is Indianapolis Public Schools handing over its lowest-performing school to a charter operator on a "silver platter?"
April 28, 2015
Foundations pledge millions for IPS school, neighborhood
School 103, the struggling school on Indianapolis's East side that will next year be run by Phalen Leadership Academy, is about to get an unexpected surge of extra cash.
March 4, 2015
IPS chooses struggling School 103 as Phalen 'innovation' school
The school has been receiving extra supports over the past year since IPS Superintendent Lewis Ferebee labeled it as one of the district's priority buildings because of students' declining grades on state tests. And the school board voted last week against renewing the contract for school's former principal, Shelia Burlock.
December 18, 2014
IPS sticking with priority school list despite grade changes
After struggling for three years to earn a passing grade from the state of Indiana — and under threat of possible state takoever — Indianapolis…
August 12, 2014
Most troubled IPS schools see some ISTEP gains
There were some encouraging signs for Indianapolis Public Schools’ most troubled schools in the latest state ISTEP scores, but school officials said the original group of 11 “priority” schools singled out for extra attention still have a long way to go.
April 3, 2014
Academic performance of all IPS schools: Find it here
For parents, students, teachers and others who want to be able to look up just how their schools are performing, and how they've been judged by the state, in one place here is the complete list of all IPS schools.
March 20, 2014
IPS teachers tackle tough questions about pay
As part of an exercise at a meeting sponsored by TeachPlus, each group was given a budget for a fictional urban district with 45,000 students, 3,000 teachers and a $190 million budget, or somewhat bigger than IPS, which has about 30,000 students, 2,800 teachers and a $263 million budget. The challenge was to redesign the way teachers were paid and earned raises by redistributing the way the money was spent. Nearly 150 IPS educators who attended quickly found the task wasn’t easy.
February 27, 2014
These are the 11 IPS schools Ferebee is most worried about
IPS has many needs and lots of schools that Ferebee hopes to turn around. In fact, 38 of the district’s 65 schools are on getting at least some level of extra scrutiny from Ferebee and his administrative team as part of their school improvement effort. Even so, 11 IPS have been named “priority” schools because Ferebee considers them the most troubled. This is where the district is focusing its heaviest attention.
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