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State Board To Address Chronically Failing Schools Wednesday

The State Board of Education meets Wednesday to discuss action plans for failing schools.

The State Board of Education meets Wednesday to discuss action plans for failing schools. (photo credit: Claire McInerny/StateImpact Indiana)

The State Board of Education meets Wednesday for a much more subdued meeting after last month’s that approved the long awaited A-F grades for 2015. Now that these grades are public the State Board of Education must address schools that fell in the lowest categories for multiple years in a row.

Schools that are in year four and five of receiving an F are put on specific plans to try and improve the school performance. Schools in year four are assigned a state contact that will help them

The board will take action Wednesday regarding the four schools that are in year five of receiving an F. The schools are Theodore Roosevelt College and Career Academy, Emma Donnan Middle School, Thomas Carr Howe Community High School and Emerich Manual High School. All are managed by Charter Schools USA, except Theodore Roosevelt which is managed by EdisonLearning.

The board can return these schools to their corporations, creating a new intervention strategy for the school or having the management team apply for a charter for the school.

These board will also discuss what the ESSA law could mean for the future of Indiana’s testing system, as well as get an update from Pearson about the implementation of the 2016 ISTEP+.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. and is live streamed online.


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