Indiana

Two Report Cards Better than One (or Not…)?

Niki Kelly reports for the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette that Indiana schools are set to get two grades starting this year. One will be under the state’s existing accountability statutes, while the other will be “under the state’s plan complying with the federal Every Student...

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Feds Deny Indiana Grad Rate Waiver Request

According to Eric Weddle at Indiana Public Media, ESSA “requires states to report graduation rates uniformly,” which “means Indiana’s least rigorous diploma of the four offered, the general diploma, no longer counts in graduation rates.” Recently, the U.S. Education Department “denied Indiana’s request for a waiver...

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So, About That Letter Grade Change…

According to Arika Herring at the Indianapolis Star, the Indiana Board of Education is putting the brakes on changes to its proposed A-F letter grading system for another year or more. Without moving forward with the new system, “schools will receive two letter grades—one state,...

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State Board Seeks Accountability on Accountability

Eagle 99.3 FM WSCH reports that the Indiana State Board of Education is “once again looking to revise the state’s school accountability rules.” In January, the board voted 7-4 “to advance proposed changes for school accountability, in which schools and school corporations are annually assigned...

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Solution to Great Indiana Diploma Debacle?

The Indianapolis Business Journal reports how, last year, Indiana officials learned from their federal counterparts that the state’s “general diploma” would no longer qualify to be included in the total number of graduates reported to the federal government. State Senator Dennis Kruse—the GOP chair of...

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Could ESSA’s Flexibility Help Close Achievement Gap?

An NWI Times article highlights the perspectives of educators on the impact of ESSA and raises awareness of what the new law aims to accomplish, including how these “school accountability plans, plus ESSA’s emphasis on educating all students equally, could be a significant factor in...

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Local Officials Worry About ESSA’s Impact

Carmen McCollum and Jessica Towhey report that state and local education officials are concerned ESSA “may negatively affect their districts,” especially regarding a “new requirement that will lower the graduation rate for high schools by not including those students who graduate with a general diploma,...

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Indiana Grad Rate Woes Just Keep on Coming

The Indianapolis Star reports (again) about Indiana’s quest to “save the state’s high school graduation rate from sinking toward to the bottom of national rankings” because if they don’t, thousands of student diplomas “will be discounted by the U.S. Department of Education and no longer...

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Indiana Grad Rate Debate Continues

Indiana stakeholders are concerned that local high school graduation rates will “slide” under ESSA because the law is “changing the way the numbers are formulated,” so in the next academic year, “general diplomas will not be counted,” which could create “the misconception that fewer students...

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