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Panel to replace ISTEP complete

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The search for ISTEP’s replacement can now begin. Gov. Mike Pence and House Speaker Brian Bosma announced their appointments Friday, completing the panel tasked with replacing the standardized test. A state law that passed this year ends ISTEP after the 2017 school year. The legislature has tasked a review panel […]

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Hoosiers encouraged to walk or bike to school on May 4

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Community service organizations are encouraging Hoosiers walk or bike to school and work on May 4 to promote healthy transportation options. Indiana Safe Routes to School Partnership and Health by Design want schools and parents to participate in the National Bike to School Day. Last year, more than 45 schools […]

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Robotics kits offered to elementary schools to encourage STEM education

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A first of its kind robotics program will give elementary school students in Indiana a hands-on education. The new program will give schools across the state the opportunity to receive free robotics kits. Fourth and fifth grade students will then be able to learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics […]

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New teacher scholarship aims to improve Indiana education

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A new college scholarship is designed to encourage top high school students to stay and teach in Indiana. At Plainfield High School Thursday, Gov. Mike Pence ceremonially signed the bill that will provide up to $7,500 a year to cover tuition for students who commit to teaching in Indiana for […]

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The search for ISTEP’s replacement

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Now that lawmakers have ditched ISTEP, education leaders are searching for an alternative. “This is the beginning of a new day in testing in our schools,” Gov. Mike Pence said when he signed the bill eliminating ISTEP into law on March 22. The end of exam came after 2015 […]

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ISTEP heads to the history books, panel to select new test

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  ZIONSVILLE, Ind. — Leaders at the Statehouse hope eliminating ISTEP will be the start to a stronger education system in Indiana. At Eagle Elementary School in Zionsville Tuesday, Gov. Mike Pence signed legislation into law making ISTEP a thing of the past. “This is the beginning of a new day in […]

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New Indiana civics website has bigger picture in mind

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers can now test their knowledge of Indiana civics with a new website and quiz. “Hoosiers who learn about the importance of voting at a young age are more likely to vote as an adult,” Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson said in a statement. “This website works to […]

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What didn’t happen in the 2016 legislative session

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Not every bill can make it to the governor’s desk. Here’s a look at some of the bills that didn’t make it through the 2016 General Assembly. Hate Crime Senate Bill 220, authored by Sen. Susan Glick, R-LaGrange, would have allowed a judge to increase the length of a […]

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Ritz to bring back unsolved educational issues next year

By Gary Qi TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz sees this legislative session as a missed opportunity. Three months ago, Ritz unveiled her agenda focusing on preventing schools from being negatively impacted by the 2015 ISTEP, pushing for changes to standardized testing and working to stop the teacher shortage in Indiana. […]

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Legislation to end ISTEP heads to the governor

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —ISTEP could be headed for the history books. House Bill 1395, authored by Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, passed both the House and Senate Thursday. The legislation would eliminate the ISTEP test and instead create a panel of 23 people to study the issue, including educators and legislators. The panel would […]

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