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May 10, 2016
Top-scoring township schools scored well on Indiana’s tougher new state ISTEP exam
Despite a much tougher exam that led to dramatic drops in test scores across the state, the top Marion County schools from townships and small cities…
October 5, 2015
Teachers say training, mentoring could help keep more of them in the classroom
The panel will put together recommendations for an agenda to present to lawmakers on the best ways to recruit and retain teachers.
September 28, 2015
School districts use extra state aid to push new services for English learners
school districts this summer got an unexpected bonus: about twice as much money starting this school year to better support children who are still learning English.
September 21, 2015
The changing face of Indianapolis reflected by school enrollment data
And with every annual enrollment count, the subtle changes that are reshaping Indianapolis schools become a bit more pronounced.
September 15, 2015
Top scoring township and small city schools tend to serve wealthier children
Only three of the top 10 Marion County public schools when it came to passing ISTEP in 2014, excluding IPS and charter schools, served a large share of high-poverty kids.
July 14, 2015
The basics of township schools: Successes and challenges are often overlooked
Eight township school districts in Indianapolis serve about three-fourths of the city's students.
June 9, 2015
School's out! Indianapolis celebrates the end of the school year
In the past couple weeks, schools across the city have been winding down for the summer. Today was the last day of school for Indianapolis…
May 15, 2015
10 inspiring minutes on education, freedom and the American dream
Last week, Chalkbeat brought together four people from Lost in Translation for a panel discussion. Watch these 10 minutes of highlights and be prepared to be moved.
May 6, 2015
A message for teachers of immigrant children: You make a difference
The panel discussion was a follow up to a series of stories jointly published last month by Chakbeat, the Indianapolis Star and WFYI Public Media.
May 5, 2015
3 Indianapolis school districts win new money from voters
Five requests for additional tax dollars were easily approved by voters in three Marion County school districts today. Wayne Township, Perry…
May 4, 2015
3 Marion County districts will ask voters for more tax money Tuesday
Beech Grove schools, Wayne Township and Perry Township will ask voters to approve tax increases so it can improve buildings, fund busing and support staff.
April 23, 2015
Teachers connect with language learners with strategy and purpose
Teaching students English isn’t magic — there might never be an “Aha!” moment for them. But the strategies teachers use to get through to them are no less impressive.
April 21, 2015
From Burma to Southport: Finding your way in an unfamiliar world
Leaders at Southport High School have a plan when English learners arrive. But it wasn’t always that way. They had to make mistakes and learn, just like their students.
April 19, 2015
As immigration reshapes Indianapolis, schools struggle to keep up
Immigration is rapidly changing Indianapolis, and the changes are having major effects on schools.
August 20, 2014
Ballard takes aim at tax questions for preschool plan
Confusion remains for some residents over how Mayor Greg Ballard plans to fund his recently announced anti-crime initiative, which includes a $50 million public-private partnership to…
June 10, 2014
Report shows connection between diploma type and college success
Two-thirds of Indiana graduating seniors went to college in 2012, according to a report out today from the Commission on Higher Education, but about four…
April 16, 2014
Reversing trend, fewer students who failed state tests graduated in 2013
For the first time in four years, Indiana saw a decline in the percentage of high school graduates who were given a pass after failing state-required tests. According to 2013 data released today by the Indiana Department of Education, 6.8 percent of graduating Indiana seniors received waivers, allowing them to graduate without passing state tests. That figure exceeded 9 percent in 2012, when lawmakers and critics of the practice first raised alarms.
April 7, 2014
IPS rates just five teachers ineffective
Does it seem plausible that one school in Lawrence Township, a B-rated school in fact, has more ineffective teachers than all of Indianapolis Public Schools, where more than half the schools were rated D and F last year? Because that’s what data released today by the state shows.
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