Indiana

IN Education Officials Propose New Tests

Indiana education officials are “proposing future state math and science tests in Spanish — and possibly other languages.” Supporters of native language tests argue “they can be far less jarring for children than sitting them in front of a test written in a language they...

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IN State Board Considers Changes when Grading School Performance

The Indiana State Board of Education is “considering giving student proficiency more significance than student growth when grading school performance” under the state’s ESSA plan. According to board member David Freitas, “Proficiency is more important than growth.” The board will revisit the issue at the...

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IN Dept. of Ed Accepting Public Feedback on Draft ESSA Plan

The Indiana Dept. of Education is accepting public feedback on the state’s draft ESSA plan. Greensburg Community School Corporation Superintendent Tom Hunter “was pleased to see the department offering this comment period.” He also stated, “You have to have some opportunity for parents to voice...

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IN Dept. of Ed Releases Draft ESSA Plan

The Indiana Dept. of Education released the state’s draft ESSA plan. According to Patrick McAlister, IDOE’s policy director and lead writer on the plan, “ESSA is our moment to make some interesting investments and changes in the state and really try and make the process...

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State Plan Submissions and Drafts

Since April 3, a number of states have submitted their ESSA implementation plans to the U.S. Dept. of Education. Here’s a compiled list of the state plan submissions and the most recent draft versions states have released so far. Submitted Plans   Arizona: Submitted Plan (5/1/17) Colorado: Submitted...

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IN Dept. of Ed Hosts More Than 100 Stakeholders at Public Forum

The Indiana Dept. of Education hosted more than 100 stakeholders at a public forum to discuss the state’s ESSA plan. Ryan Snoddy, superintendent of the Northwestern School Corporation, was “impressed with the ideas presented at the meeting” and believed the discussions were a “good start.”...

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IN State Superintendent Holds First Meetings with Educators

Early this week, State Superintendent Glenda Ritz held the first of a series of meetings with a group of 19 educators tapped to help examine how the state rates schools and make sure the A-F school grading system meets ESSA regulations. According to the Chalkbeat report,...

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