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More failing schools with accountability formula change

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — After changing the method for calculating school accountability grades, Indiana has more failing schools and fewer schools with A’s. The Indiana Department of Education Tuesday released A-F accountability grades for 2016. Failing schools increased by 3.5 percentage points. Schools earning an A dropped by 31.8 percentage points. Members of […]

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State Board of Ed elects new vice-chair

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Sixth grade language arts and social studies teacher, Cari Whicker, now serves as the new Indiana State Board of Education Vice-Chair. “It is an incredible honor to be elected as the new Vice-Chair of the Indiana State Board of Education,” said Whicker. “We all serve on this board to do […]

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O’Brien stepping down from SBOE

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State Board of Education is preparing for a change in its makeup. Sarah O’Brien, vice-chair for the board, will be stepping down after the next meeting on August 10. O’Brien said she will be focusing her attention on addressing the care of her daughter who has had a variety […]

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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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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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Charter school grant and loan details announced

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Board of Education released details of the Charter School Grant and Loan Program that will award an estimated $10.75 million to charter schools. “The best opportunity we can give Hoosiers is a strong education, which leads to a brighter future,” Pence said. “Public charter schools are critical to expanding […]

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New A-F grading criteria for schools approved by state

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The State of Indiana has given the final approval to the new A-F accountability rule for schools. The new rule will base the grade rating for schools on performance and growth weighed equally. Performance and growth will be weighed 50/50 in grades 3-8 and 20/20 in high schools. High schools […]

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Education board considers ‘hold harmless’ pause in school grading system

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State education officials debated Wednesday whether to pause the state’s A-F grading for one year in anticipation of lower scores that are expected to come after changes in standards and testing this year. But the State Board of Education wants to ensure that won’t conflict with state law. So […]

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Analysis: Education board has chance for fresh start

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When the State Board of Education convenes this week at Purdue University, its members have a chance to redeem not just the group’s reputation but that of education leadership in Indiana as well. For roughly two years, the board has been a showcase for all that’s wrong with government. […]

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New education appointees hopeful ahead of first meeting

By Max Bomber & Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS– Five new members are gearing up for their first Board of Education meeting on Wednesday. It will be the first meeting since the new appointments were made. Five members remained on the board, while another five are newly appointed. State Superintendent Glenda Ritz is also still on […]

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