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School accountability grades see a minor increase in As

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The 2017 school accountability grades show a subtle improvement from the previous year In the grades released Wednesday by the Indiana Department of Education, almost 25 percent of school improved one or more letter grades. Nearly 6 percent of schools improved their letter grades to an A. Overall, 62 percent […]

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Students pay the price for ISTEP calculator mix-up

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Sarah Jansen isn’t a fan of math and the thought of having to retake part of the math ISTEP in early December for a reason that isn’t her fault frustrates her. “I worked hard to prepare for the test. How was I supposed to know I wasn’t allowed to […]

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ISTEP scores plateau in third year of harder test

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — For the third year, state data shows roughly half of students passing ISTEP. Statewide, 51.5 percent of students in grades 3-8 passed both the English and math portions of the test. In 2016, 51.6 percent passed both portions. The 2017 test was the third year with the more rigorous […]

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Applications now open for scholarship encouraging teaching careers

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — When Meghan Yencer found out she had been awarded the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, she was filled with gratitude. “It is a lifted weight to know that you don’t have to be responsible for paying that amount of money to go to school,” said Yencer, a secondary English […]

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Small school districts put students at a disadvantage, study says

By Cameron Mattern TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Students living in small Indiana school districts may be receiving fewer opportunities to succeed than those in larger school districts. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research released findings of a study showing that the size of a school corporation has […]

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Holcomb says he leads by listening

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb ran to the grocery store to pick up a few items, but he didn’t expect it to take him nearly two hours to return home, or to have such a great impact on the way he leads the Hoosier state. “Once you’re sworn in, there are […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Preventing meningitis outbreaks at state schools

By Cameron Mattern TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 29th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — Students attending Indiana state colleges and universities can now add meningitis to the list of vaccinations required before they can further their education. “Close contact is […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Making advanced courses more available to rural, urban schools

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 28th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana students will soon have more access to advanced courses not offered at their school, but at a price. Under House Enrolled Act 1007, the Indiana […]

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Holcomb ceremonially signs pre-K expansion legislation

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — With 15 preschoolers surrounding him, Gov. Eric Holcomb praised leaders for progress on both sides of the aisle during the last legislative session before ceremonially signing a bill that expands access to pre-K. “This most recent session that we came out of has been heralded as one of the […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Families to receive diplomas for deceased high school seniors

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 23rd in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — Jerrold Parker was only weeks away from finishing his classes at Pike High School when he was murdered in Indianapolis on February 3, 2016. “It feels […]

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