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August 10, 2018
How this Indiana district is rethinking discipline to keep kids in school
A new approach to discipline is forgoing traditional punishment in favor of interventions that better support a child who has gotten in trouble.
July 7, 2017
KIPP Indy is working to stop kids from disappearing over the summer. It’s a challenge many schools face
Every summer, each teacher in KIPP Indy Public Schools gets a roster, about 20 student names long, to call before the start of the new…
May 16, 2016
Bottom ranked township schools saw big drops on ISTEP exam
Students at the lowest scoring township and small city schools in Marion County struggled mightily with the tough new ISTEP exam. The merged city of…
December 7, 2015
A shortage everyone can agree on: Indianapolis schools don't have enough black teachers
Almost 94 percent of the state’s public school teachers were white in 2014 even while a quarter of their students were not.
September 23, 2015
Learning barriers abound for the lowest-scoring township and small city schools on ISTEP
Every school on this list is high-poverty. The poorest schools on the list see more than eight of every 10 children come from high-poverty homes.
September 21, 2015
The changing face of Indianapolis reflected by school enrollment data
And with every annual enrollment count, the subtle changes that are reshaping Indianapolis schools become a bit more pronounced.
September 15, 2015
Top scoring township and small city schools tend to serve wealthier children
Only three of the top 10 Marion County public schools when it came to passing ISTEP in 2014, excluding IPS and charter schools, served a large share of high-poverty kids.
September 3, 2015
Schools try to understand why the wealthiest Marion County district got the most new poverty aid
Federal poverty aid went up for schools in Franklin Township, the wealthiest school district in Marion County for family income, but went down nearly everywhere else.
August 3, 2015
With its jackpot $28.5 million grant, Warren Township pushes career programs, online learning and teacher training
Warren Township was one of just 16 districts nationwide to win big dollars to improve its facilities, boost teaching and reinvent student learning.
July 14, 2015
The basics of township schools: Successes and challenges are often overlooked
Eight township school districts in Indianapolis serve about three-fourths of the city's students.
July 8, 2015
One-time standout Warren Township school now needs an overhaul
Once a star school, Warren Township's Sunny Heights Elementary spiraled downhill over the past two years, but the district is hoping a grant can help turn it around.
June 9, 2015
School's out! Indianapolis celebrates the end of the school year
In the past couple weeks, schools across the city have been winding down for the summer. Today was the last day of school for Indianapolis…
June 3, 2015
Partnership merges high school AP courses, applied science
CollegeBoard and Project Lead The Way team up to blend courses for college or careers.
September 19, 2014
Teachers tackle new standards but worry about tests
The four-month standards debate didn’t end until Gov. Mike Pence and state Superintendent Glenda Ritz, political foes in most education debates, jointly endorsed new standards and pushed them them through two state boards last April. That left teachers just more than three months to learn the standards, alter their lessons and prepare for big accompanying changes to the state’s ISTEP test that will affect all students in grades 3 to 8.
August 5, 2014
Some townships show ISTEP gains despite challenges of growing poverty
In a few Marion County school districts — especially Pike and Wayne townships — the percentage of students passing ISTEP is growing quickly, even as the families the schools serve have grown considerably poorer.
August 4, 2014
Indiana sees a small gain in ISTEP scores
Hoosier kids in grades 3 to 8 collectively made the smallest gain on ISTEP in five years in 2014, gaining just one percentage point over the prior year. Statewide 74.7 percent of test takers passed both the English and math portions of ISTEP, according to data related today by the Indiana Department of Education.
July 24, 2014
As late resignations flood in, IPS seeks to fill teacher spots
Teacher resignations are indeed higher at IPS this year, but Superintendent Lewis Ferebee said he isn't too worried about it.
June 23, 2014
TeachPlus names 30 new fellows to study teaching policy
The Indianapolis chapter of TeachPlus, a national organization that aims to get teachers involved in education policy making, has named 30 new “teaching policy fellows.”…
June 12, 2014
IPS closing down adult education programs
IPS will soon be entirely out of the adult education business. The adult basic education program, which helps nearly 1,000 adults in Marion County each year, will be shifted to other providers, mostly township school districts, starting in July.
June 10, 2014
Report shows connection between diploma type and college success
Two-thirds of Indiana graduating seniors went to college in 2012, according to a report out today from the Commission on Higher Education, but about four…
April 16, 2014
Reversing trend, fewer students who failed state tests graduated in 2013
For the first time in four years, Indiana saw a decline in the percentage of high school graduates who were given a pass after failing state-required tests. According to 2013 data released today by the Indiana Department of Education, 6.8 percent of graduating Indiana seniors received waivers, allowing them to graduate without passing state tests. That figure exceeded 9 percent in 2012, when lawmakers and critics of the practice first raised alarms.
April 7, 2014
IPS rates just five teachers ineffective
Does it seem plausible that one school in Lawrence Township, a B-rated school in fact, has more ineffective teachers than all of Indianapolis Public Schools, where more than half the schools were rated D and F last year? Because that’s what data released today by the state shows.
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