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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.
May 7, 2014
Behning wins easily despite primary campaign scare
Indiana’s House education committee chairman, who was concerned enough about a primary challenger to begin airing television ads in the campaign’s last week, won…
February 3, 2014
State board could extend ISTEP, will review failing schools
ISTEP’s testing window could be extended by up to seven more days in March under a plan the Indiana State Board of Education will…
January 31, 2014
Lawmakers will consider exit strategy for state takeover
A bill in the Indiana legislature could allow schools being run by outside groups under state takeover to return to the school districts they came from. But a provision that already has raised concerns would also allow the Indiana State Board of Education to turn those schools into charter schools, forever severing them from the districts.
January 30, 2014
Voucher schools don't get off the hook from ISTEP
A plan to allow private schools that accept students using tax-funded vouchers for tuition to skip ISTEP testing was dropped from a Senate bill today. But the ISTEP proposal was at the center of the controversy over the bill. It would have allowed voucher schools to use any nationally-normed test for state A to F accountability purposes, not just ISTEP.
January 27, 2014
Data security efforts raise concerns from Ritz allies
Quietly, three major education data bills are likely to make it though the House or Senate this week and should return in the second half of the legislative session starting next week. The proposals have unnerved teachers unions and testing critics, who fear the new processes they create could paradoxically result in new security concerns or even be used to undermine Ritz, the only Democrat holding a statewide office.
Updated December 1, 2015
The basics of Tony Bennett: A reform star’s rise and fall
After pushing hard for educational change, Bennett faced a backlash.
January 22, 2014
Supporting two charter school bills, IPS signals a new direction (updated)
After years of antagonism, Indianapolis Public Schools is trying out a new approach to charter schools: cooperation. The district, led by new Superintendent…
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Updated November 3, 2016
The basics of Glenda Ritz: A lone voice at the top against Republican education agenda
This is one of two stories summarizing the basics facts about Indiana’s two major party candidates for state superintendent. A more detailed story about Glenda…
January 15, 2014
More A's and B's, fewer F's for Indiana school districts
Indiana school districts earned more A and B grades, and fewer D’s and F’s, than last year on their state report cards. The grades for…
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