StateImpact en StateImpact: When Education Starts Early, Kids Benefit <p>This month, the Family and Social Services Administration will announce the five counties selected to participate in the state’s&nbsp;new pre-k pilot program,&nbsp;Indiana’s&nbsp;first big move toward&nbsp;making preschool a priority.&nbsp;</p><p>But many believe&nbsp;a child’s learning needs to be a priority from the beginning of life, well before they ever enter a classroom.</p><p>In our weekly education feature, StateImpact Indiana’s Claire McInerny has more on brain development from birth to age four.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:31:57 +0000 Claire McInerny 32691 at StateImpact: When Education Starts Early, Kids Benefit Educators Concerned About Quick Turnaround for New Test <p>Indiana’s students will take a new standardized test this spring – a year earlier than anticipated.</p><p></p><p>The test isn’t designed yet but it has to match the standards the state adopted to replace the Common Core.</p><p></p><p>Education officials and school leaders are worried about the short turnaround.</p><p></p><p><em>StateImpact Indiana’s </em>Rachel Morello and Claire McInerny discuss the sudden change in testing plans.</p><p></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:12:13 +0000 Rachel Morello 31690 at Educators Concerned About Quick Turnaround for New Test Study: Guidance Counselors Spending Less Time with Students <p>Guidance counselors are supposed to spend a lot of time with students. They help kids decide which classes to take, fill out college scholarship applications and advise them on the path they should choose after they graduate high school.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 18:39:51 +0000 Claire McInerny 31406 at Study: Guidance Counselors Spending Less Time with Students Indiana Students Improve on National Exam <div>Indiana fourth graders made significant gains in their performance on national tests designed to compare their reading and math skills with students across the nation. Federal education officials released the results of the exams Thursday.</div><p></p><p>From 2011 to this year, Indiana fourth graders average score on both the reading and math tests went up 5 points.&nbsp; On the 500-point National Assessment of Educational Progress, that might not sound like much. But that’s a bigger jump than all but a handful of states.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 15:32:37 +0000 Kyle Stokes 22704 at Indiana Students Improve on National Exam What Early Education Advocates Are Saying About Mike Pence's Preschool Plan Because Indiana is <a title="Why Indiana Still Doesn’t Fund Preschool Programs" href="">one of 11 states</a> that doesn’t provide state money for preschool, community groups, philanthropic organizations and even local businesses have stepped in to fill the void.<p>Governor-elect Mike Pence praised <a title="How A Columbus Preschool Program Hopes To Become A Model For The State" href="" Thu, 15 Nov 2012 13:25:36 +0000 Ellie Moxley 6780 at StateImpact Indiana: Stark Contrasts Define State Superintendent's Race Indiana is in the middle of an education overhaul, but whether it continues could depend on the outcome of the state superintendent’s race.<p>Republican incumbent <a title="Meet Tony Bennett (Note: Not The Singer)" href="">Tony Bennett</a> has pushed for change since taking office four years ago, but not everyone agrees with how he’s transforming Indiana classrooms. Fri, 12 Oct 2012 15:58:54 +0000 Elle Moxley 5343 at StateImpact Indiana: IREAD-3 creates anxiety for dyslexic students <p></p><p>For the second year in a row, Indiana third graders will have to pass a high stakes reading test or risk getting held back.</p><p>It’s a lot of pressure for 8 and 9 year olds, but for some struggling readers, the IREAD-3 is an even bigger source of anxiety.</p><p>That’s because the root cause of their difficulty is dyslexia, a learning disability. Most students with special needs can qualify for a good cause exemption that allows them to move onto fourth grade even if they don’t pass.</p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 12:18:52 +0000 Elle Moxley 4653 at StateImpact Indiana: How Career And Technical Education Is Changing In Indiana It’s just after 2 o’clock on a Thursday afternoon. The sun is high in the sky, and the construction workers digging the foundation of a storage building at Columbus North High School’s new baseball field are about to call it a day.<p>But once they’re done, they’ll board a yellow bus and go back to school. That’s because the workers at this construction site are high school students.<p>Both major party gubernatorial candidates are calling for Indiana high schools to bring back vocational training. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 19:08:01 +0000 Elle Moxley 3999 at StateImpact Indiana: Why Indiana's Private Schools May See A Shortage Of Space For Voucher Students The <a title="IDOE FYI: What Does The Indiana Department of Education Do?" href="" target="_blank">Indiana Department of Education</a> has issued more than 8,000 vouchers for students to attend private schools at the state’s expense. Thu, 30 Aug 2012 13:12:05 +0000 Elle Moxley 3275 at