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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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2016 ISTEP scores lower than 2015

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — After legislators voted to prevent the low 2015 ISTEP scores from negatively affecting educators, the overall 2016 scores for grades three through eight are lower than before. The 2016 test was the second year with the more rigorous standards. The 2015 scores serve as a baseline, according to the […]

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Ritz out and McCormick in as schools chief

By Sarah Ramon and Annie Gentry TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – As part of the Republican party sweep of statewide offices in Indiana, Democrat Glenda Ritz lost her job as state superintendent of schools to newcomer Republican Jennifer McCormick. “From the very beginning I have made it clear we will always, always put students before politics,” said […]

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Teachers face mature questions as students absorb campaign scandals

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Eleven-year-old Jayoun Long sounds like a lot of voters this election season. “I don’t really like Donald Trump,” the sixth grader said as he weighed his options for who to vote for in his school’s mock election, “but [Hillary Clinton] might go to jail if she becomes president.” Jayoun, […]

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Scholarship focused on teacher shortage opens for applications

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Applications are now being accepted for a new college scholarship designed to encourage top high school students to stay and teach in Indiana. The Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship provides up to $7,500 each year of college for students who commit to teaching in Indiana for five years after earning […]

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Student debt plans differ among 9th District candidates

By Ashley Steeb, Bryan Wells and Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — As Hoosier college students feel the pressure of growing student loans, the candidates in the 9th District congressional race each embrace different methods for tackling student debt. The average debt for Indiana students receiving a four-year degree from a public university is more than […]

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Math, science come alive in new Indiana State Museum exhibit

By Derreck Stahly TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Science and math are often considered two of the most important school subjects, but it can be hard for kids to wrap their minds around real world examples. For those students, the Indiana State Museum has a solution. The new Design Zone exhibit is dedicated to math, science and […]

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Application fees waived for College Application Day

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Fourteen Indiana colleges taking part in College Application Day on Oct. 21 will waive application fees for all Hoosier high school students. Seven of those colleges are waiving application fees for the entire month of October. The day, sponsored in partnership with Learn More Indiana and the national American College […]

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Candidates for school chief debate covers pre-K, testing and political divide

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Candidates for school chief debate covers pre-K, testing and political divide

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com FORT WAYNE, Ind. — During Monday’s debate between state superintendent of public instruction candidates, Republican nominee Jennifer McCormick revealed new specifics for her pre-K program that echo the plan of her opponent, Democrat Glenda Ritz. McCormick, the current superintendent of Yorktown Community Schools, has regularly said she wants to begin by […]

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Amazon creates 100 paid internships for low-income students

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Amazon will create 100 paid internships for low-income Indiana students. Interns will work up to 20 hours a week in virtual customer service positions, allowing for flexible work schedules. “We know that students are eager to gain valuable work experience while juggling demanding school schedules,” Dave Guggina, general manager of […]

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