Glenda Ritz en State Board Set to Meet Over 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver Troubles <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The State Board of Education is convening Tuesday to discuss how it can hold on to its No Child Left Behind Waiver. The meeting comes after the U.S. Department of Education sent state superintendent Glenda Ritz a letter informing her the state’s waiver is at risk of being pulled.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">During a formal review last summer, the U.S. Department of Education found Indiana was not meeting the requirements that exempt it from No Child Left Behind benchmarks.</span></p><p></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 18:05:51 +0000 Claire McInerny 30296 at State Educators Could Have Trouble Finding New Textbooks <p>State education officials are considering new academic standards to replace the Common Core in Indiana schools. But acquiring textbooks aligned to state-specific standards could be a challenge.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to a report from the Office of Management and Budget, a majority of Indiana school districts have already shelled out for new textbooks and curriculum aligned to Common Core. But new research suggests textbooks boasting alignment to the nationally-crafted standards may not conform to the new expectations after all.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:13:01 +0000 Elle Moxley 27296 at State Board Releases A-F Grades <p>The Indiana State Board of Education approved final A-F letter grades for Indiana schools Friday, even as one board member took a public stand against the rating system.</p><p></p><p>More than 800 Indiana public schools earned A’s this year, the most since the state started rating schools in 2005. Two-thirds of schools scored either an A or a B.</p><p></p><p>But State Board member Andrea Neal is convinced those grades have come at a cost. She says she’s worried schools aren’t offering arts and electives because they’re too focused on test scores.</p><p></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 21:07:50 +0000 Elle Moxley 24469 at Conflict Within The State Board Of Education May Delay Revising Education Standards <p>Superintendent Glenda Ritz has been at odds with the rest of the State Board of Education for months, and now some Board members say they’re worried the ongoing dispute will delay important work revising Indiana’s academic standards.</p><p></p><p></p><p>When state lawmakers paused rollout of the Common Core in the spring, they gave the State Board of Education a July 1, 2014, deadline to revisit Indiana’s academic standards.</p><p></p> Sat, 07 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Virginia Alvino 23874 at Lawmakers Are Still Staying Out Of The Ritz Fight <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Legislative leaders say they are reluctant for the General Assembly to intervene in the fight between&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Superintendent Glenda Ritz and the State Board of Education. T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">hat’s despite a flare-up this week in the ongoing conflict.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Superintendent Ritz Wednesday accused Governor Pence’s new education agency of trying to oust her&nbsp;as chair of the State Board. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 23:15:33 +0000 Brandon Smith 23872 at Email from Pence's Education Agency Suggested Reducing Ritz's Power <p>State Superintendent Glenda Ritz says emails from Governor Pence’s new education agency reveal an attempt to oust her as State Board of Education Chair. But Pence administration officials say that attempt is going nowhere.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 19:18:40 +0000 Brandon Smith 23800 at Email from Pence's Education Agency Suggested Reducing Ritz's Power State Board of Education Moving Forward Despite Tension <p>Members of Indiana’s Board of Education say they’re making progress on the state’s education goals despite ongoing tension between state superintendent Glenda Ritz and the 10 other board members. The board met Tuesday to outline some of those goals.</p><p></p><p>Superintendent Ritz walked out of a state board meeting three weeks ago. Today’s session was much calmer as members talked about the goals they want to take to education stakeholders for review next year.</p><p></p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 19:37:41 +0000 Elle Moxley 23752 at State Board of Education Moving Forward Despite Tension WBOI News Review for Friday, Oct. 25 <p>Each week, WBOI's Sean Bueter sits down with Bob Caylor from the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel and Dan Stockman from the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette to look back at the biggest metro and statewide stories of the week.</p><p>This week: Superintendent Glenda Ritz sues the State Board of Education; the City of Fort Wayne has a new budget; new Legacy projects are up for consideration soon; and the region loses one of its most successful entrepreneurs.</p><p></p><p><em>Dan Stockman and Bob Caylor join WBOI's Sean Bueter each week from the Fort Wayne Newspapers building.</em></p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 19:27:56 +0000 Sean Bueter 22118 at Ritz Files Suit Against Board of Education <p>State superintendent Glenda Ritz&nbsp;has raised the stakes of her showdown with Indiana’s top education panel, naming all ten members of the State Board of Education as defendants in a lawsuit she filed Tuesday in Marion County Circuit Court. Ritz thinks the board has violated the state’s Open Door law.</p><p></p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 18:21:10 +0000 Elle Moxley 22008 at Ritz Files Suit Against Board of Education Expert: Interruptions Didn't Affect ISTEP Scores <p>The widespread disruptions to Indiana’s online standardized tests last April, on average, did not hurt students’ final ISTEP+ scores.&nbsp; That’s the conclusion a New Hampshire-based testing expert reported to lawmakers Monday.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State education officials hired the Center for Assessment’s Richard Hill six weeks ago to comb through the data of more than 495,000 </span>ISTEP<span style="line-height: 1.5;">+ exams.</span></p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 15:36:18 +0000 Kyle Stokes 18299 at Expert: Interruptions Didn't Affect ISTEP Scores