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May 7, 2015
A-to-F changes pass after more state board drama
The state board approved changes to Indiana's A-to-F accountability model that would use gains on tests as well as passing rates. The changes would result in fewer A's.
May 6, 2015
Schools could earn fewer A’s next year under proposed state board rule changes
Schools could have a harder time earning A's beginning in 2016 if the Indiana State Board of Education approves new A-to-F grading rules Thursday.
March 25, 2015
Senate panel kills school district takeover proposal
A Senate committee today removed language from a bill that would have empowered the state to takeover entire school districts, not just individual schools.
March 12, 2015
State board says no sanctions for 2 F-rated charter schools
The Indiana State Board of Education today decided not to sanction two charter schools with repeated F grades after a debate over how to evaluate progress at charter schools that serve mostly troubled students.
March 5, 2015
The basics of everything: Your guide to education issues in Indiana
Few states can match the Hoosier state for the wide variety of efforts to change the way students learn, or for the level of drama and discord that has accompanied those efforts.
February 4, 2015
Is Arlington High School actually coming out of state takeover?
The confusion reveals an underlying question policymakers are grappling with when it comes to the state's controversial takeover process: Is the state prepared to let go of its takeover schools?
January 27, 2015
Deal would give IPS more control over Donnan Middle School
Charter Schools USA, the Florida-based company that has managed Donnan for more than two years, would still run the daily operations of the school but going forward its contract would be with both the state and the school district. If the Indiana State Board of Education agrees to the idea next week, the IPS board signaled it was likely formally complete the deal soon after.
E pluribus unum
January 21, 2015
Students to lead the way in Aurora while accountability clock ticks
The suburban school district's new plan calls for every student to have an academic plan, develop a set of skills, and earn credentials toward their college or career.
January 7, 2015
New A-to-F grading system clears hurdle after stumble
For a few minutes this morning, the latest dispute between state Superintendent Glenda Ritz’s Indiana Department of Education and Gov. Mike Pence’s Center for Education…
December 15, 2014
Advocates of all stripes wonder: How would Hogsett approach education?
Advocates on both sides of the political fence say they are optimistic about Joe Hogsett, who has emerged in the last month as a leading contender for mayor in 2016. But they also admit that they really don’t know much about what he thinks about charter schools, the structure of the Indianapolis Public School Board, and other issues that the next mayor is likely to confront.
The results are in
December 10, 2014
Accountability clock chimes louder for 30 schools
Thirty Colorado schools are about to enter the fifth year of low performance that could trigger state intervention, including closure, conversion to charters or changes in who runs them.
December 3, 2014
Board takes control of state takeover from Ritz
The Indiana State Board of Education wrested more control over the process for taking over failing schools from state Superintendent Glenda Ritz today, and board members will ask the state legislature to give it broader powers to take over more troubled schools, and even school districts.
December 2, 2014
Colorado ed department recognizes districts, schools for performance
The Colorado Department of Education recognized dozens of school districts at its annual awards ceremony today in Denver. Commissioner Robert Hammond honored schools and districts…
November 12, 2014
Fewer Colo. school districts on watch list, but looming accountability tests remains for some
The number of Colorado school districts on a state accountability watch list dropped this year, but nine school systems still face looming sanctions if they don't improve soon.
November 10, 2014
A-F grades bring milestones for IPS, state takeover
Seemingly small steps up the state's A to F grading scale last week for Indianapolis Public Schools, and one if its former schools now run independently, turned out to be kind of a big deal. For both the district and for Manual High School, seemingly modest grade improvements actually represent a pair of firsts.
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