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Slight rise in 2016 Indiana high school graduation rates

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana high school graduation rates are up less than 1 percent point in 2016 compared to 2015, according to data released by the Indiana Department of Education Thursday. The department reported a high school graduation rate of 89.07 percent in 2016. In 2015, the state saw a high school graduation […]

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ISTEP replacement could come in 2018

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — ISTEP’s replacement could be called ILEARN. A bill, authored by Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, would replace the ISTEP test program beginning with the 2018-2019 school year with a new statewide assessment program. ILEARN stands for Indiana’s Learning Evaluation Assessment Readiness Network. “It doesn’t matter what we call the test. We […]

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History teacher opposes mandating Indiana history elective

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– An Indiana high school history teacher testified against an elective course on Indiana’s history. “As much as I believe in advancing both teaching social studies and Indiana history, I also believe this should be done the right way,” Kevin Cline, department chair for social studies at Frankton High School, […]

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ISTEP may stick around longer than hoped

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Road funding and education, including extending the life of ISTEP, are some of the priorities the Senate Republicans’ listed Tuesday. They expect ISTEP, which was originally slated to be replaced next school year, to stick around for a year or two. They’re concerned rushing a new version of the […]

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Hundreds of students applied for future educator scholarship

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than 600 hopeful Hoosier students will compete for one of 200 scholarships that would provide up to $7,500 annually to those who agree to teach in the state for at least five years after graduation. “Today’s news is promising as it reflects the interest and excitement of those […]

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Proposal to expand school employee background checks raises concerns about pay

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– A bill requiring more extensive background checks on school employees has some questioning whether those employees should pay for the checks themselves. Testimony was heard for Senate Bill 34, authored by Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, during the Education and Career Development committee hearing on Wednesday. This bill, if implemented, […]

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Homeless children find stability through School on Wheels

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – School was a struggle for Jessica Bryant*, who grew up in what she describes as a rough neighborhood on the northeast side of Indianapolis. The school was far from her home, making it difficult for her to get the help she needed with her schoolwork. Thirty years later, Bryant […]

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More failing schools with accountability formula change

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — After changing the method for calculating school accountability grades, Indiana has more failing schools and fewer schools with A’s. The Indiana Department of Education Tuesday released A-F accountability grades for 2016. Failing schools increased by 3.5 percentage points. Schools earning an A dropped by 31.8 percentage points. Members of […]

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Panel gives recommendations for ISTEP replacement

By Derreck Stahly TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A panel charged with recommending a replacement for the ISTEP cast a vision Tuesday for a shorter, more efficient standardized test for Hoosier schoolchildren. The recommendations are designed to address many of the concerns that the public has with the controversial standardized test. The panel has struggled with the […]

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