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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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More than 300 Indiana schools rated Four Stars

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than 300 schools were named Indiana Four Star Schools for 2012-13 by the Indiana Department of Education Tuesday. “I am honored to name these (311) schools as our Four Star Schools for this year,” Glenda Ritz, Superintendent of Public Instruction, said in a statement. “Winning this award required […]

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Education Roundtable to consider draft K-12 academic standards

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com 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 the state’s Education Roundtable next week and then the State Board of […]

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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 […]

Analysis: New teacher data has its limitations

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Analysis: New teacher data has its limitations

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s usually a given that parents want their children in class with the best teachers. And so it will be tempting – when the Department of Education releases teacher evaluation data on Monday– to compare how many educators at one school received the highest ratings compared with those at […]

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Video & story: Pilot pre-k program to start this fall in five counties

Gov. Mike Pence signs into law the Pre K pilot bill. from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Surrounded by fidgety 4-year-olds at DayStar Childcare Ministry, Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill Thursday that will create a pilot state-funded pre-kindergarten program. A few thousand low-income children in five counties could get help from […]

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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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Charter board gets new director

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An Eli Lilly & Co. manager will be the new executive director of the Indiana Charter School Board. Nick LeRoy will lead the state board, which reviews, approves and regulates some of the state’s charter schools. The charter board released its first annual report this week. It’s posted at www.in.gov/icsb/2403.htm. […]

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