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Pence: Teachers and schools should be treated fairly during assessment “transition year”

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence is working with Republican lawmakers to craft legislation meant to protect teacher bonuses despite decreased standardized testing scores. Pence said in a letter to Superintendent Glenda Ritz and the State Board of Education that the lower scores were expected and are typical when a state transitions to […]

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Feds approve Indiana’s NCLB waiver for schools

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Federal officials have granted the state a three-year waiver that frees Indiana schools from some of the requirements of the controversial No Child Left Behind Act. The approval comes about 18 months after federal officials had expressed some concerns about the way the state was monitoring troubled schools and […]

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New A-F grading criteria for schools approved by state

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The State of Indiana has given the final approval to the new A-F accountability rule for schools. The new rule will base the grade rating for schools on performance and growth weighed equally. Performance and growth will be weighed 50/50 in grades 3-8 and 20/20 in high schools. High schools […]

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New A-F school grading system approved, despite more board infighting

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State Board of Education approved a new A-F grading system for schools on Thursday, despite the state superintendent’s concerns that the rules have mistakes or ambiguities that will make implementing them difficult. The revamped system is designed to put more emphasis on student improvement – rather than simply […]

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DOE plans no changes in ISTEP; Pence hires consultant to recommend changes

Ritz will seek one-year pause in accountability measures at Friday board meeting Indiana DOE spokesman Daniel Altman talks about the ISTEP controversy By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Department of Education intends to move forward with the ISTEP exam as it’s currently scheduled despite action by Gov. Mike Pence to try to shorten the length […]

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Board member disses teacher evaluation system

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s teacher evaluation system came under fire Wednesday, just a couple days after the Department of Education released data that showed roughly 89 percent of educators had been rated in the top two categories. State Board of Education member Gordon Hendry said the ratings are based on a […]

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Revamped A-F system starts journey to become rule

By Erika Brock The StatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Before moving a revamped A-F grading system further into the rulemaking process, Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz rocked the boat by proposing an amendment that would affect 9 percent of schools. Ritz proposed that the board approve an amendment that changed the way grades will be calculated […]

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Ed board wants more authority, money to intervene in failing schools

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com ‪INDIANAPOLIS – Struggling schools would be subject to takeovers and other interventions after four years of Ds and Fs instead of six years of failing grades under legislative recommendations the State Board of Education made Wednesday. ‪During another tense meeting, members also voted to take control over federal money earmarked for […]

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Education board postpones vote on A-F grades for schools

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State Board of Education voted Wednesday to delay approving letter grades for schools because members said they were unsure about the underlying data. The decision came after two school administrators complained about the appeals process for their grades and board members learned that the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency […]

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Board weighs options for new A-F grading scale

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Education officials wrestled Wednesday over how to measure student improvement and how that development should be factored into the state’s next A-F school grading scale. Members of the State Board of Education made no final decisions, saying they need more time to tweak a recommendation from an A-F panel that […]

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