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May 2, 2014
Feds put Indiana on notice: NCLB waiver in doubt
Indiana could face potentially severe sanctions under the federal No Child Left Behind law if it cannot satisfactorily answer U.S. Department of Education concerns in 60 days about its plans for instituting its new standards. On Thursday, Indiana State Superintendent Glenda Ritz received a letter from Deb Delisle, assistant U.S. secretary of education, spelling out concerns about “significant issues” with Indiana’s adherence to an agreement it made in with the federal government in 2012.
April 17, 2014
Parents, teachers rally to bring Project Restore to School 93
At School 93, the impetus for change is coming not from the central office, but is driven by parents and teachers. They’ve been aided by a new initiative of an outside group, Stand For Children. And the reform they are aimed squarely at adopting is not a national model or magnet theme. It’s a homegrown, IPS-invented program with a track record of success at the kinds of low performing neighborhood schools that plague the district.
April 4, 2014
Here's what Tony Bennett thinks of his critics
Indiana's former state superintendent, Tony Bennett, recently sat down with Chalkbeat Colorado Bureau Chief Maura Walz while in Denver for a speaking engagement. Here's what he had to say about his critics.
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 26, 2014
Looking at what makes IPS's 10 A schools achieve
The group of A-rated IPS schools defies some expectations. For example, while most of them are magnet schools, not all of them are, as is sometimes assumed. In fact, three are neighborhood schools. Some have demographic advantages. But others are very much like the average IPS school, except that students do much better on tests.
March 11, 2014
State board denies Sheridan Schools’ accreditation appeal
Fearing statewide consequences that would put the Colorado Department of Education's ability to fairly and accurately define school and district performances into question, the State Board of Education rejected an appeal to boost Sheridan School's accreditation rating.
March 1, 2014
Ravitch tangles with school reformers on Butler panel
A lively, and sometimes pointed, debate about how best to improve schools followed the premiere of a documentary developed by the West Lafayette Schools Education Foundation tonight at Butler University. Headlining the five-person panel was Diane Ravitch, the historian and one-time school reform advocate turned national spokesman against testing, school choice, test-based teacher evaluation and other proposals she says aim to privatize public schools.
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.
February 26, 2014
“Data gap” bill sails out of House Education
A bill intended to ensure the state’s school-and-district rating system makes a smooth transition between the old TCAP and new CMAS state tests passed the…
Turning the tables
February 13, 2014
Sheridan Schools will appeal accreditation rating to state board
Superintendent Michael Clough officially sent the district's position to the Colorado Department of Education today, after receiving the blessing from the district's board of education Tuesday. Department staff will issue its position later this month. The two parties will meet with the state board March 11, Clough said.
January 31, 2014
Lawmakers will consider exit strategy for state takeover
A bill in the Indiana legislature could allow schools being run by outside groups under state takeover to return to the school districts they came from. But a provision that already has raised concerns would also allow the Indiana State Board of Education to turn those schools into charter schools, forever severing them from the districts.
January 30, 2014
Voucher schools don't get off the hook from ISTEP
A plan to allow private schools that accept students using tax-funded vouchers for tuition to skip ISTEP testing was dropped from a Senate bill today. But the ISTEP proposal was at the center of the controversy over the bill. It would have allowed voucher schools to use any nationally-normed test for state A to F accountability purposes, not just ISTEP.
January 28, 2014
Bill seeks to bridge data gap in district, school ratings
A bill expected to be introduced this week would allow school and district performance ratings earned in the 2014-15 school year to be carried over…
January 27, 2014
Data security efforts raise concerns from Ritz allies
Quietly, three major education data bills are likely to make it though the House or Senate this week and should return in the second half of the legislative session starting next week. The proposals have unnerved teachers unions and testing critics, who fear the new processes they create could paradoxically result in new security concerns or even be used to undermine Ritz, the only Democrat holding a statewide office.
Too much of something is bad enough
January 27, 2014
Dougco parents, board express concern on “testing madness”
Douglas County school officials met with parents on Friday to describe an educational landscape chocked by tests and shed some light on why its board of directors' has decided to attempt an opt out mechanism for state and federal testing mandates. Officials also hoped to gather input on how the south suburban school district should proceed, but most parents were ambivalent about the current testing systems and were only beginning to process the board's decision.
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