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A to F grading
September 16, 2015
Rejecting Ritz's logic, state board promises A-to-F grades will be issued
Indiana schools will have A-to-F grades for 2014-15, although they probably won't be publicly released until 2016.
August 24, 2015
IPS neighborhood schools dominate lowest test-scorers
Of the 15 F-rated IPS in 2013-14, all but two also rated an F the year before. All of the 10 lowest scoring schools are neighborhood schools. None are magnet schools.
May 26, 2015
As Ritz contemplates a run against Pence, how strong is her teacher and parent support?
With a possible run for governor on the horizon, school visits also offer a gauge of the strength of Glenda Ritz's appeal with a core constituency: parents and teachers.
March 12, 2015
State board says no sanctions for 2 F-rated charter schools
The Indiana State Board of Education today decided not to sanction two charter schools with repeated F grades after a debate over how to evaluate progress at charter schools that serve mostly troubled students.
January 7, 2015
New A-to-F grading system clears hurdle after stumble
For a few minutes this morning, the latest dispute between state Superintendent Glenda Ritz’s Indiana Department of Education and Gov. Mike Pence’s Center for Education…
January 5, 2015
Nearly all Indiana educators rated effective again
In the second year of what was intended to be a tough new system of evaluating educators, the results were the same: hardly any were rated ineffective and nearly all were certified as doing their jobs effectively. Less than 0.5 percent of educators were rated “ineffective” during 2013-14 school year, which could place them at risk of being fired, according to data posted on the Indiana Department of Education website in advance of a presentation at Wednesday’s Indiana State Board of Education meeting. That’s about the same percentage as the prior year.
November 5, 2014
Indiana sees a big jump in A-rated schools
More than half of Indiana’s schools were rated an A this year, a majority for the first time this decade.
October 1, 2014
State panel recommends changes on A to F grades for schools
A panel of educators, policymakers and business leaders recommended Wednesday that Indiana change how it evaluates school test score growth in a way that might…
August 28, 2014
Indiana celebrates NCLB waiver win, but questions remain
Four months after Indiana was stunned to be put on a form of probation by the U.S. Department of Education, there was widespread relief today with federal officials approved the state's request to extend a waiver that releases schools from possible sanctions under No Child Left Behind. But there was also a sense that Indiana wasn't entirely out of the woods yet.
August 28, 2014
Indiana dodges NCLB waiver bullet, for now
Indiana today got a one year reprieve from possible penalties from the U.S. Department of Education. Those penalties, including the loss of control over more than $200 million in federal aid that goes to local schools, won’t happen before June 30 of next year.
August 5, 2014
Christel House rebounds after controversy and test score drop
After a long string of A’s, Christel House South fell to an F last year after test scores made a dramatic drop. This year, it recovered nearly all of its lost ground by gaining 9 points to achieve 71 percent passing. The school’s passing rate had been more 70 percent the prior three years.
July 10, 2014
Tindley says it can't afford to keep running Arlington High School
Tindley Schools, the charter school group that has run former Indianapolis’ Arlington High School for two years under a contract with the state, said today it wants out. The leader of the non-profit group that also operates a network of Indianapolis charter schools told the Indiana State Board of Education Tindley simply couldn’t afford to keep managing the school unless it received an additional $2.4 million in aid.
July 9, 2014
Politico: Indiana Inspector General will find Bennett broke state law
Indiana Inspector General David Thomas has found former state Superintendent Tony Bennett broke state law in 2012 by using his public office to coordinate…
July 7, 2014
Proposal to rewrite rules for Ritz, state board draws objections
A proposal to again change the rules for how the Indiana State Board of Education conducts its meetings has brought renewed charges from state Superintendent Glenda Ritz’s supporters that it is a thinly veiled effort to limit her power.
June 4, 2014
Indiana's dilemma: Should state test scores count next year?
Indiana could propose letting teachers and schools off the hook from sanctions for poor test scores next year as part of its effort to meet demands from the U.S Department of Education. But state Superintendent Glenda Ritz and the Indiana State Board of Education today faced a series of tough questions they’ve only begun to try to answer about what that could mean for the state’s school accountability system.
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