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School accountability grades see a minor increase in As

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The 2017 school accountability grades show a subtle improvement from the previous year In the grades released Wednesday by the Indiana Department of Education, almost 25 percent of school improved one or more letter grades. Nearly 6 percent of schools improved their letter grades to an A. Overall, 62 percent […]

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More failing schools with accountability formula change

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — After changing the method for calculating school accountability grades, Indiana has more failing schools and fewer schools with A’s. The Indiana Department of Education Tuesday released A-F accountability grades for 2016. Failing schools increased by 3.5 percentage points. Schools earning an A dropped by 31.8 percentage points. Members of […]

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State Board of Education approves 2015 school accountability grades

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Board of Education approved the 2014-15 school accountability grades Wednesday. From 2014 to 2015, schools receiving A’s remained unchanged at 46 percent, B’s went down 33 percent to 32 percent, C’s unchanged at 19 percent, D’s dropped from 3 percent to 2 percent, and F’s unchanged at […]

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School accountability grades released for 2015

Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Board of Education unanimously approved the 2015 school A-F accountability grades Tuesday, after legislation prevented ISTEP scores from negatively impacting the grades. According to Senate Enrolled Act 200, schools could not receive a lower accountability grade than it did in the previous year if the district experienced […]

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Bill prevents 2015 ISTEP from damaging school accountability grades

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A proposed bill could ensure that schools will not be held liable for their A-F accountability grade during the 2014-2015 year. Author Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, believes the change would aid the transition to more challenging academic standards in the future. “The legislature was sensitive and aware that these […]

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ISTEP+ scoring problems brought to light during Board of Education meeting

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — ISTEP+ scores and school accountability grades could be delayed after officials discovered problems with the way tests were being scored. The State Board of Education heard from the Department of Education and ISTEP+ assessment vendor CTB/McGraw Hill on Wednesday during the regularly scheduled August meeting. “We need to add […]