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Roundtable endorses new standards even as opponents object

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Education Roundtable endorsed new state standards for math and English during a meeting Monday despite boos from opponents who say the new education guidelines are too much like Common Core. The standards passed easily and now move to the State Board of Education for a final up-or-down […]

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Non-waiver grad rate moves up slightly, overall rate steady

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Graduation rates remained relatively unchanged from 2012 to 2013 but the state’s top educator said she still sees signs of progress. The Indiana Department of Education released 2013 graduation rate data Wednesday that showed a graduation rate statewide of 88.7 percent. However, the data also showed that the state’s […]

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30 organizations to receive Early Childhood Education grants

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDINAPOLIS – The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration awarded 30 organizations from 15 different Indiana counties Early Childhood Education Matching Grants on Wednesday. The program will help provide quality early education for low-income children in Indiana. “This is an important step toward increased school readiness and academic success for low […]

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Draft of K-12 standards set to go to Education Roundtable

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com This story has since changed – please see the updated version at http://thestatehousefile.com/education-roundtable-consider-draft-k-12-academic-standards/15761/ INDIANAPOLIS – State education officials have released draft academic standards for grades K-12 that combine elements of Common Core, previous Indiana guidelines and recommendations from outside organizations. The proposed standards – available online at http://www.in.gov/sboe/2505.htm – will be considered by […]

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Schools label few teachers, administrators as ‘ineffective’

Vast majority of educators rated in top 2 categories By Jacob Rund and Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Only a tiny fraction of Indiana’s educators were deemed ineffective while more than one quarter earned the highest possible marks during the first year of a state-mandated evaluation system. Performance results released Monday by the Department of […]

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Pence signs education bills, eliminates Common Core

By Allie Nash TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence held a press conference Monday where he signed four education-related bills into law – just hours after he also signed legislation that ends the Common Core standards in Indiana. “These bills help Hoosiers of all ages with tools that they need to succeed in college, the […]

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Video & story: Lawmakers pass compromise bill for pre-k program

Indiana General Assembly passes pre-K pilot program from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers gave Gov. Mike Pence just a sliver of the expansive pre-kindergarten program he’d been seeking but assigned him significant responsibility in getting the state-funded classes going. On the last day of the 2014 legislative session, the Republican-controlled […]

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State Board of Ed extends testing windows

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Board of Education on Wednesday voted to extend the window for school corporations to administer the ISTEP and IMAST standardized tests. Severe weather this winter caused school districts to lose instructional days. The extension is meant to help students deal with those problems and came at […]

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Video & story: Senate sends ban on Common Core to governor

Bill addresses educational standards and common core from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate sent a bill to the governor that prohibits the State Board of Education from using Common Core standards in Indiana schools. Under Senate Bill 91, Indiana would revert back to education standards in place prior to […]

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Long: Pre-K pilot program still possible

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers could still approve a small pilot program to test state-funded pre-kindergarten, the leader of the Indiana Senate said Thursday. The pilot program would come in addition to a comprehensive study of preschool programs that was part of the bill as it left the Senate. “There’s an argument that […]

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