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Kenley backs off push for ‘off-the-shelf’ student test

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Key lawmakers said Thursday they plan to move forward with a new ISTEP test – at least for the next two years – and then study whether an off-the-shelf exam could be used in the future to save money. Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, said he would back off his […]

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Hundreds more seats opening up for pre-K program

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hundreds more seats are opening up for low-income children to attend Indiana’s On My Way Pre-K program thanks to grants totally nearly $500,000. Gov. Mike Pence announced the grants on Thursday alongside leaders from the United Way of Central Indiana, Early Learning Indiana and Indiana’s Office of Early Childhood and Out […]

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Move to oust Ritz as ed board chair gets closer to becoming law

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House passed a bill on Tuesday that gives the State Board of Education the power to elect its chair. Senate Bill 1, authored by Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, would end an arrangement unique to Indiana and Oklahoma, which are the only states in which the elected superintendent of […]

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Future ISTEP+ tests to be shortened

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana students taking the ISTEP+ will have a shorter test than first anticipated thanks to action taken on Wednesday. The Indiana State Board of Education voted to reduce the length and cost of the test by including only the minimum number of items required by state and federal law and […]

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Supporters encourage lawmakers to make a seal available for bilingual graduates

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS – Students proficient in two or more languages may have an opportunity to add a seal to their high school transcripts – a move supporters say will give them an edge when it comes to higher education and the job market. A House committee heard testimony on Senate Bill […]

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Bill would give teachers more free reign in classrooms, schools

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee on Wednesday debated freedom-to-teach legislation that is meant to give teachers more leadership opportunities while keeping them in the classroom. House Bill 1009, authored by Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, aims to put the best educators in front of more students by eliminating some rules for teachers […]

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Dyslexia training bill for teachers moves to full Senate

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill to help teachers better understand dyslexia and catch it early passed the Senate Education and Career Development unanimously. House Bill 1108, authored by Rep. Woody Burton, R-Whiteland, provides a definition of dyslexia and requires teachers to be trained to recognize it so students they can put students […]

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Student loan bill moves to Gov. Pence’s desk for signature

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation passed the Senate on Tuesday that would give students accumulating education debt a clearer picture of exactly what they will owe. The bill now moves to Gov. Mike Pence for approval. House Bill 1042, authored by Rep. Casey Cox, R- Fort Wayne, would require postsecondary educational institutions to […]

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Filmmaker criticizes direction of Indiana education policy

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state superintendent of the year told a group of journalism students Friday “there’s no evidence anywhere” that standardized tests, vouchers or charters lead to the best schools. Rocky Killion, who produced a documentary about school reform, said the world’s best school systems have instead “focused on the needs […]

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Bill could help students speed through college in three years

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Students could get full access to their financial aid and receive incentives if they get on track to graduate in three years rather than four under legislation considered Wednesday by the Senate Education Committee. House Bill 1231, authored by Rep. Todd Huston, R-Fishers, gives college students incentives to participate […]

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