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Why One Indiana District's Frustrated With The New A-F School Letter Grades

Monroe County Community School Corporation superintendent Judy DeMuth addresses a gathering in Bloomington in 2011.

A disagreement over how to count one student could make a big difference for one school in Monroe County Community Schools, that district’s superintendent says. Judy DeMuth says MCCSC administrators have filed an appeal with Indiana Department of Education officials over the preliminary A-F letter grade they gave a Bloomington school (she can’t say which [...]

Why The Release Of Indiana Schools' A-F Grades Has Been So Delayed

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Last year, state education officials had published their letter grade ratings for every Indiana school by late August. But as we creep into October — and as state officials work to implement an immensely-complicated new model for rating Indiana schools — this year’s release of state letter grades has been pushed back until October 31. Indiana Department of [...]

Why Indiana's No Child Left Behind Waiver Won't Mean Less Reporting For The State

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Indiana and the 25 other states granted waivers from certain requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind law will still have to send student data to Washington, D.C., writes Sarah D. Sparks for Education Week: That means waivers states, who have created brand new accountability systems, don’t have to do less reporting. They actually [...]

What This Year's ISTEP+ Results Don't Tell Us

State superintendent Tony Bennett announces results of Indiana's IREAD-3 exam in his office at the statehouse Tuesday morning.

Make no mistake — the statewide test results Indiana education officials released today have important implications for teachers, students, and administrators. For starters, the ISTEP+ exam results are the backbone of the state’s letter grading system for more than 1,500 elementary and middle schools. But in the conversation we’ll have here on StateImpact about what these [...]

Why Some Educators Say The State’s A-F Grading System Isn’t An Improvement

Superintendents offered a harsh critique of the state’s A-F grading scale for public schools at the statehouse earlier this month, writes Karen Francisco of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: How uncomfortable Friday afternoon must have been for Republican members of the Indiana Select Commission on Education. Listening to hours of overwhelmingly critical testimony of the [...]

How Indiana Schools Are Fighting A Decrease In Teacher Collaboration Time

Second grade teachers at Anderson's Eastside Elementary School meet before school on a recent Wednesday morning. The teachers are sharing student quiz results and swapping teaching strategies as the principal (at center, faced away from the camera) takes notes.

It’s no secret that job dissatisfaction among teachers has reached an all-time high. But among the predictable factors behind this trend — shrinking budgets, increasing class sizes, frustrations over policy — there’s another reason that’s not talked about as much: not enough teamwork. In a recent survey, 36 percent of U.S. teachers reported seeing time [...]

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