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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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Superintendent running against Glenda Ritz

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Glenda Ritz has a new challenger. Jennifer McCormick, superintendent of Yorktown Community Schools, is running against Ritz as a Republican. “As we teach our students and I teach my son, you can’t make change just by talking about it, you have to do something about it,” Dr. McCormick said […]

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Bill on teacher retention and mentoring causes tension in committee

By Shelby D. Salazar TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­­– A House Republican bill aimed at improving teacher retention and recruitment in Indiana was met with mixed support Tuesday. “We want the program to be established so that we can go ahead and do the hard work,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz. “We want to […]

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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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Report highlights ways to recruit and retain teachers

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A newly released report on recruiting and retaining teachers highlights the need for mentorship, locally developed pay scales and professional development. “Every child in Indiana deserves to have high-quality educators in their classroom,” Ritz said in a statement Thursday. The final report of the Blue Ribbon Commission includes strategies to […]

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ISTEP accountability bill moves forward with no changes

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate Monday made no changes during the amendment phase to a bill that would prevent the 2015 ISTEP scores from having a negative impact on Indiana schools. If scores for the 2014-2015 school year are lower than the previous year’s scores, Senate Bill 200 will allow the Department […]

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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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Education issues fast tracked for 2016 session

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Two bills, both addressing the drop in 2015 ISTEP scores, are moving forward in the legislature after being approved in committee. Senate Bill 200: Measuring School Performance Senate Bill 200 would prevent the 2015 scores from harming a district’s A-F accountability score. Education leaders say the 2015 results are not […]

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2015 ISTEP scores released after delay

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Following ongoing controversy over Indiana student assessments, the Indiana Department of Education released the statewide and local 2015 ISTEP scores Wednesday. In 2015, 67.3 percent of students passed the English/Language Arts section, 61 percent passed the Mathematics section and 53.5 percent passed both sections. Additionally, 69.2 percent of fourth and […]

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Expert panel finds no evidence glitch impacted ISTEP scores

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The investigation into a computer glitch found no evidence that students were mistakenly given lower scores on the spring 2015 ISTEP exam, but officials say the results don’t guarantee that each student was scored accurately on the exam. Earlier this month, an Indianapolis Star article revealed that the computer […]

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