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Slight rise in 2016 Indiana high school graduation rates

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana high school graduation rates are up less than 1 percent point in 2016 compared to 2015, according to data released by the Indiana Department of Education Thursday. The department reported a high school graduation rate of 89.07 percent in 2016. In 2015, the state saw a high school graduation […]

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Department of Education outlines plan to prevent child abuse

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, is proposing her plan to prevent child abuse in schools. The plan includes additional training for school employees and streamlining the license revocation process. “No student can learn unless they are safe,” Ritz said in a statement. “As a lifelong educator, I know […]

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2016 ISTEP technical issues being addressed

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Recent tests of the system that gives the ISTEP exam uncovered some technical issues. The Indiana Department of Education said readiness tests were performed to determine if the vendor, school computers, and the network is able to handle the strain of thousands of students logging onto take ISTEP. The department […]

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Lawmakers want ISTEP rescored, but who would pay?

By Shelby D. Salazar TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­­– The House Committee on Education saw support for a bill that would call for a rescore of the 2015 ISTEP test, but there were plenty of questions over exactly how a rescore should be done, who is to blame, and who is to pay the bill. “It is […]

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ISTEP re-scoring SOTs

SOTs: [:22] Danielle Shockey / Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction / Department of Education [:24] John O’neal / Indiana State Teachers Association Lobbyist [:10] Ashley Gibson / Stand for Children Lobbyist   SCRIPT: {ANCHOR} YOUR CHILD’S I-STEP SCORE MIGHT BE GETTING A SECOND LOOK. {VO} LAWMAKERS ARE CONSIDERING RE-SCORING SOME OF THE TESTS FROM THE […]

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Glenda Ritz to focus on ISTEP, teacher retention in 2016

By Anastasia Gentry TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Superintendent of Public Instruction, Glenda Ritz, will focus on three aspects of the education system in the Indiana Department of Education’s 2016 legislative agenda. “I am proud to unveil a legislative agenda that focuses on the needs of students, educators, and schools throughout the state as we continue to […]

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Senator hopes to retain teachers with proposed salary changes

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A new bill could change what determines increases in teacher salaries in hopes of retaining teachers. “A superintendent in my district came to me and said we’re losing teachers that are new to teaching after their first several years of teaching,” said the bill’s author, Sen. Jeff Raatz, R-Centerville. […]

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Changes being made to licensure exam following educator frustration

TheStatehouseFile.com By Shelby Mullis and Hank Nuwer  FRANKLIN, Indiana – Franklin Community High School science teacher William Travis Miles is a five-year classroom veteran, previously teaching biology at Shelbyville and Beech Grove high schools. In 2014, Miles applied for an earth science position at FCHS. The corporation requested an emergency permit be issued to Miles because the vacancy was a top […]

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Grants announced to help educators pursuing national certification

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Education announced a new grant Tuesday designed to help educators obtain national certification by easing the financial burden that often accompanies the process. Educators pursuing a National Board of Certified Teachers title are eligible to apply for the grant. So are those who already have the […]

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State receives approval to implement Educator Equity Plan

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Thanks to the approval of the Indiana Department of Education’s Educator Equity Plan, the state now has permission to implement additional strategies designed to provide quality education to all students, Approval of the plan came this week from the U.S. Department of Education. The plans are strategies aimed at ensuring all students […]

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