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Following the ongoing efforts to improve struggling schools.
November 21, 2013
The basics of state takeover in Indiana: Getting tough with failing schools
Big questions remain about the school improvement strategy.
November 20, 2013
Shelby County board members debate role of Teach For America in Memphis schools
At Tuesday night’s school board meeting, Shelby County board members and superintendent Dorsey Hopson debated the role of Teach For America in Memphis schools. The…
November 15, 2013
Monument Lighthouse charter school will close this spring
Monument Lighthouse Charter School is on Indianapolis' northeast side near Lawrence Township. The Indianapolis governing board that oversees two Lighthouse charter schools informed parents Thursday that the Monument Lighthouse school will close at year's end. The board decided the school, at 4002 Franklin Road, had not made enough progress toward the academic goals it established for itself upon opening in 2007, according to Deputy Mayor Jason Kloth. Another school operated by the board will absorb students from Monument Lighthouse, and the city will also help find spots in other schools for the 607 students who will be displaced by the closure. Charter schools are operated by arrangements that can be complex, and Lighthouse is no exception. The two Indianapolis schools are sponsored by Mayor Greg Ballard, who is responsible for monitoring their progress and can decide to close them if they don't meet performance targets. Charter schools are directly guided, however, by local boards of citizens. In this case, that local board oversees two schools — Monument Lighthouse and Indianapolis Lighthouse — and picked an out-of-state company to manage it. That company, Massachusetts-based Lighthouse Academies hires the principal and employs the staff at both schools. The company has a 20-school network in eight states. The Monument school was due for a decision from Ballard's charter school office as to whether it would earn a renewal of hits charter to keep operating at the end of the school year. By deciding to close on its own, the school made that decision instead of the mayor. Kloth said it was a "responsible" decision by the school's board and that the mayor's office supported it. "We have a shared belief it is in the best interest of students in the short term and in the longer term broadly," Kloth said.
November 15, 2013
Colorado gets easier path to extension of NCLB waiver
State Board of Education members cheered when they got the news, but a U.S. Department of Education policy shift on extension of NCLB waivers has…
November 13, 2013
HOPE Online gets partial victory on accreditation
The State Board of Education has unanimously approved a compromise that allows part of HOPE Online Learning Academy’s program to be rated under the special…
November 13, 2013
Deferring all tough issues, state board approves new A to F grading scale
At its most contentious meeting yet, the Indiana State Board of Education today did manage to pass one piece of business: a new scale for the state's A to F school grades. But amid tensions that ultimately left Superintendent Glenda Ritz storming out before the meeting ended, board members left nearly all the important details about how the grades will be calculated undecided. Among the questions left unanswered are whether Indiana will follow Common Common Core standards, how students will be tested and how student test score growth will be measured. Board members said they wanted a narrow vote aimed at fulfilling a law passed earlier this year that required new A to F rules by Nov. 14. "We have the beginning framework for a model," board member Brad Oliver said before the vote. "I would be comfortable affirming that if there is a path for us to take a collective deep breath and do what legislature wanted us to do." The one no vote to the resolution, which board members approved 9 to 1, came from Andrea Neal. She called the legislature's November deadline "unreasonable," arguing that a separate debate, about what academic standards Indiana will follow, should be completed before A to F rules are created. "How can we approve an accountability framework before we know to what standards students will be held accountable?" Neal asked.
November 13, 2013
State board to hear options for turnaround schools as ‘clock’ runs short for two
For the first time, the State Board of Education is hearing specific recommendations about its legal options and mandates when a school district is deemed failing for five years.
November 8, 2013
Here’s a roundup of what educators and politicians are saying about NAEP
There was interesting discussion Thursday about how Tennessee did on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP),also known as the “Nation’s Report Card.” As Chalkbeat…
November 7, 2013
In surprise move, Indiana's charter school association could close
The Indiana Association of Public Charter Schools recently praised a $2 million donation to Herron, an Indianapolis charter high school. In a move that has stunned charter school advocates, the Indiana Association of Public Charter Schools will shut down at the end of the year unless emergency funds can be found to save it, one of it's board members confirmed today. The organization, the state chapter of a national group, advocates for charter schools in the legislature and provides other services to member schools. If the organization shuts down it could leave charter schools without a direct lobbying voice or a resource for schools who need start up assistance or other basic services. Six of the organization's nine board members have resigned and the staff has been reduced from four to one. One of the remaining board members, Carey Dahncke, said he is hopeful the group can be reborn. "The association has failed to hit some of its targets," said Dahncke, who is executive director of Christel House Academy charter schools. "There is great concern about the ability to meet its debts." The news came as a shock to Derek Redelman, vice president of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and a longtime charter school supporter. "It's disappointing," he said. "I would certainly encourage the schools to get together, at least on an informal basis, to see how they can remain in touch with each other and represent their interests."
November 5, 2013
Dougco school board race could determine district’s future
Updated. A lot. With four seats on Douglas County's seven-member board up for grabs, the direction of the district's schools hangs in the balance. Douglas County school district and its board have attracted national attention for taking an aggressive "market-driven" approach to reforms.
October 31, 2013
Memo: Final 2012-13 A to F grades for all schools won't happen until 2014
State report cards, grading schools on an A to F scale, wouldn't be ready until Nov. 22 under state Superintendent Glenda Ritz's proposed timeline. (Morag Riddell/Flickr) StateImpact Indiana has posted a memo sent from the Indiana Department of Education to superintendents this week which spells out a proposed timeline for release of A to F grades to Indiana schools. The story outlines the key proposed dates:
October 31, 2013
You can now read the A to F recommendations yourself
State Superintendent Glenda Ritz at Monday's A to F Accountability Panel meeting at the Statehouse. State Superintendent Glenda Ritz this afternoon released the final report and recommendations of an accountability panel appointed by Gov. Mike Pence, legislative leaders and herself. Ritz co-chaired the panel. Read our report here on their recommendations, which were approved Monday. The panel's report and recommendations can be found here. To read Ritz's statement and summary of tie panel's report, follow the jump:
October 28, 2013
Panel's A to F proposal would add new state tests
State Superintendent Glenda Ritz (center) and committee member Steve Baker (foreground) shared ideas at Monday's A to F accountability panel. State testing would be expanded with new exams in grades 1, 2, 9 and 11 in Indiana under a new school accountability proposal. Other proposed changes include a new method for measuring student test score gains, and giving extra credit to schools when student scores go up, and changing the grading scale for schools from 1 to 4 to 1 through 100. The recommendations come from a 17-member committee appointed by State Superintendent Glenda Ritz, Gov. Mike Pence and legislative leaders. The group's plan will be considered by the Indiana State Board of Education, which could accept, reject or revise it, next week. Then education department staff will do statistical analysis to verify the model works as anticipated. "This is the first phase of what we need to accomplish," Ritz said.
October 24, 2013
The basics of charter schools in Indiana: A mayor’s big role
Charter schools are expanding quickly in Indiana.
October 23, 2013
Indiana’s sweeping voucher program could be a model for the nation. Here’s how it works.
Indiana's program rapidly expanded to educate 34,299 students.
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