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Today Is Last Day Of School At Flanner House Elementary

Flanner House Elementary School in Indianpolis closed for good today after an investigation found teachers cheated on 2013 ISTEP+ tests.

Sam Klemet / WFYI

Flanner House Elementary School in Indianpolis closed for good today after an investigation found teachers cheated on 2013 ISTEP+ tests.

Flanner House Elementary—the Indianapolis charter school at the center of a cheating scandal—closes its doors for good Thursday.

Most of the school’s 176 students transferred after the board voted August 20th to close the school. Indianapolis Charter School Director Brandon Brown says there are fewer than ten students still enrolled as of today.

“It’s our understanding that all of them have already enrolled in a new school and are just choosing to actually wait and attend the school until tomorrow,” Brown said.

Brown says his office has been in regular contact with affected families and will continue to lend support as students move to new schools.

“We’re providing complete assistance with uniform costs and then any school supply cost as well,” Brown says. “Then we’re working with receiving schools to make the transition process as smooth as possible.” 

The Mayor’s office and state officials opened an investigation on Flanner House after they saw a 42 percent increase in the school’s ISTEP passing rate in 2013. The investigation found teachers had changed student’s incorrect answers on ISTEP+ tests that year to boost grades. Flanner House’s board voted to close after the mayor’s office and Indiana Department of Education released the results of this investigation in August.

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