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Two bills preventing damage from 2015 ISTEP signed into law

By Shayla Jones TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Two bills signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence Thursday will prevent 2015 ISTEP performance scores from negatively impacting schools and educators. “We came together to put our kids, and our teachers and our schools first, just as Hoosiers would expect us to do,” Pence said. “Today demonstrates that leaders […]

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GOP ensures ISTEP accountability bill advances unchanged

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — House Republicans defeated amendments to a bill that would prevent 2015 ISTEP scores from negatively influencing Indiana schools’ A-F accountability grades. If a school’s 2015 ISTEP scores are lower than their 2014 scores, Senate Bill 200 would grant a school the higher accountability grade of the two for 2015. […]

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ISTEP bill protecting school accountability grades moves to the House

By Alexis Weidner TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS- After 2015’s expected low ISTEP scores, the Senate passed a bill Tuesday to prevent the scores from hurting schools’ A-F accountability grades with a 49-1 vote. Senate Bill 200 received bipartisan support. Sen. Earline Rogers, D-Gary, spoke in favor of the bill Tuesday, stating the bill did more than just […]

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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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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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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 […]