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March 25, 2015

 

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A Look At Indiana’s Testing System, Present & Future

Education policymakers are in the midst of deciding which standardized test Indiana students will take, and how much they will cost.

March 11, 2015

 

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Unpacking What ‘College And Career Ready’ Really Means

Indiana is one of a handful of states pushing for "college and career ready" academic standards. What does that phrase actually mean?

February 26, 2015

 

Should kindergarten be mandatory for Hoosier kids? (Photo Credit: woodleywonderworks/Flickr)

Mandatory Kindergarten Falls Off Legislative Docket

Lawmakers and educators are divided about whether Indiana should mandate kindergarten for all students.

February 25, 2015

 

If enough students opt out of the ISTEP+ test, it can affect school accountability grades, teacher evaluations and teacher pay.

What Happens If Kids Opt Out of ISTEP+?

Schools can face a series of indirect sanctions if enough parents decide to opt their students out of the annual ISTEP+ test.

February 9, 2015

 

Ivy Tech students Riley Sullivan, left, and Arnold Dorey assemble part of an exterior wall during a class building simulation. (Photo Credit: Rachel Morello/StateImpact Indiana)

How One Indiana Program Models Obama’s Skills Training Plan

A community college program in Elkhart County teaches students skills specific to landing a job in the RV industry, thanks to partnerships with local companies.

February 5, 2015

 

Server glitches during preliminary rounds of testing for the statewide ISTEP+ have teachers and students worried. (Photo Credit: Jackie Kelly/Flickr)

When Testing Technology Fails, Students Fear They Will Too

Interruptions during statewide readiness tests for this year's ISTEP+ have school leaders and students worried about what they'll face when testing begins.

January 8, 2015

 

The position of state superintendent has been an elected one since its creation in 1851. Glenda Ritz is Indianaâs 43rd schoolsâ chief. (Photo Credit: StateImpact Indiana)

Bill Calls For Appointed Superintendent, Beginning 2021

Some say appointing Indiana's state superintendent, rather than electing the position, could solve current issues on the State Board of Education.

December 31, 2014

 

Charity Child Care, a provider in Indianapolis, is a Level 4 on the Paths To Quality system. Charity teachers worked with Tikila Welch, a PTQ coach, to get their national accreditation. (Photo credit: Claire McInerny/StateImpact Indiana)

When It Comes To Quality Pre-K, Indiana Providers Want More

The number of preschool providers seeking a Paths to QUALITY ranking is increasing, due to demand created by the state's pilot program and financial incentives.

December 10, 2014

 

State Board of Education members Dan Elsener (left), Cari Whicker and Brad Oliver were each appointed to his or her position by a Republican governor, which some say accounts for the tension with Democratic superintendent Glenda Ritz.

Eliminating CECI Is Only The First Step For The State Board

Now that Governor Pence has eliminated his education agency, will the State Board of Education be able to get along and accomplish work for Hoosier students?

November 19, 2014

 

Brittany McKee helps her sons Gage and Jayce Meza complete the craft as part of the parent engagement night at Edgewood Primary School in Ellettsville.

Parents Have Homework Too When It Comes To Family Engagement

Family engagement is a key component of efforts around the state to help children perform better in school.

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