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What They're Saying About Indiana's New A-F School Letter Grades

To mark the release of Indiana’s 2012 A-F school letter grades, state superintendent Tony Bennett stopped by Broad Ripple High School — a school that, after years of consecutive F’s, received a B this year. It matched Bennett’s message to press assembled at the Indianapolis magnet school: The state’s letter grades, he says, represent “positive news” […]

What Obama's 'No Child' Waivers Say About The State Of The Union

President Barack Obama delivers his 2011 State of the Union Address.

With re-writes of the unpopular No Child Left Behind law stalled in Congress, President Obama could turn to the issue during his State of the Union address Tuesday night. It would be a logical step leading into a re-election campaign which might be driven as much by what Congress failed to do as it is by what the President managed to achieve during his last 4 years in office.

State Expects All Indiana Schools To Earn A's By 2020

Indiana education officials have dropped ambitious federal goals for student performance spelled out under No Child Left Behind. In their place, the state’s adopting what it calls an “ambitious and achievable” goal of its own: Every Indiana school must earn a state letter grade of an A — or failing that, improve two letter grades […]

In Smaller Schools, State Letter Grades See Big Swings Year-To-Year

Several North White School Corporation schools received an A for the last two years in spite of a series of teacher layoffs and school closures.

Out of the 94 schools in Indiana with fewer than 200 students, eight saw a complete reversal of their letter grade from either A to F or F to A.  24 saw a shift of at least three letter grades– for example, from a B to an F. How useful are those results? We spoke […]

Why Indiana Decided To Drop Its Unpopular Cap On School Letter Grades

“No one liked” the cap that limited a school’s state-issued letter grade rating to a C unless the school met performance goals laid out under No Child Left Behind, a top state education official tells StateImpact. But Jon Gubera, Chief Accountability Officer at the Indiana Department of Education, also says the unpopularity of the so-called “AYP […]

'AYP Cap' Lowered State Letter Grades Of 300+ Indiana Schools

State superintendent Tony Bennett announced this week the Indiana Department of Education no longer wants to cap a school’s letter grade at a C if it fails to make adequate progress under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The change would require State Board of Education approval. That announcement comes too late for 319 […]

School Rating System Shows Indiana Has More, Not Necessarily Better Charter Schools

Ninth graders listen to Jodie Mojzik's math lesson at George Washington Community High School, a public school in Indianapolis.

If 2011 was the “most successful year” for Indiana schools under the state’s rating system, school-level data analyzed by StateImpact suggest charter schools aren’t sharing in the success. Even though Indiana schools can’t earn higher than a C rating without meeting federal NCLB standards, the data show private and traditional public schools’ average ratings under Public Law […]

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