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Indiana gets NCLB waiver; feds will still monitor teacher evaluations

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. Department of Education has extended Indiana’s waiver of some rules imposed by the controversial No Child Left Behind law, despite initial concerns by federal officials that the state wasn’t fulfilling its obligations. The agency removed conditions that had been placed on Indiana’s waiver after a federal inspection […]

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Teachers call for delay on evaluations, school grades based on new ISTEP test

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s largest teachers union wants to push pause on plans to tie next year’s school grades and teacher salaries to a new standardized test that remains under development. The Indiana State Teachers Association is calling on Gov. Mike Pence to “take the lead” in implementing a temporary moratorium […]

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Glenda Ritz: The truth about CECI

By Glenda Ritz State Superintendent of Public Instruction As superintendent, my sole focus has been on creating an education system of equity and high quality. The 2013 General Assembly trusted me and the State Board of Education to embark upon improvements to our standards, assessments, and accountability system. This has resulted in the adoption of […]

Commentary: Glenda, get a grip

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Commentary: Glenda, get a grip

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org When Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz complains that the governor and anyone else who believes in high academic standards, accountability and competence are trying to undermine her authority, all I can think of is the old joke about the two kids who murdered their parents and then asked the judge […]

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State settlement with testing company tops $3 million in credits, services

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – CTB/McGraw-Hill will provide up to $3.4 million in credits and services to the state and Indiana schools to make up for problems with 2013 ISTEP testing. In an agreement signed last fall but only made public on Wednesday, the company says it will reduce the cost of its next […]

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ISTEP scores up slightly as DOE prepares to change test

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – ISTEP test scores increased again in 2014 – but barely. The Indiana Department of Education released the standardized test scores Friday. The data shows a small increase throughout all subject areas at the statewide level: English/Language Arts: 80.7 percent of Indiana students passed, up from 79.5 percent in 2013. […]


Ivy Tech promotes two

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College President Thomas J. Snyder announced on Tuesday the promotion of Jeff Fanter to the role of Senior Vice President for Student Experience, Communications and Marketing and Anne Valentine to the role of Vice President for Student Experience and Customer Service. Fanter, who has been with […]

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State pushes students to finish college on time

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers joined 400 Hoosier students and family members for the official launch of the state’s new “15 to Finish” campaign on Monday at the Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. The statewide effort is designed to help more Indiana students graduate from college on time […]

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Indiana JAG students win $10 million in scholarships

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier students won more than $10 million in scholarship funds through Indiana’s Jobs for America’s Graduates program in 2014 – leading the nation in postsecondary money awarded. JAG is a state-based national non-profit organization focused on helping students overcome barriers to graduation. ”The role Jobs for America’s Graduates plays […]

Commentary: Indiana education leaders make Congress look good

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Commentary: Indiana education leaders make Congress look good

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Maybe all the squabbling, infighting and backbiting among Indiana’s political leaders over the direction of education in the state is part of some master plan. Maybe it is designed to make Hoosiers feel better about the federal government by showing them that it is, in fact, possible to be […]

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