education

For the second year in a row, Indiana third graders will have to pass a high stakes reading test or risk getting held back.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Saint Francis adds to its downtown presence

Sep 11, 2012
Sean Bueter / WBOI

The University of Saint Francis is adding to its presence in Downtown Fort Wayne.

University President Sister Elise Kriss announced Monday that USF will buy the Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce building at 826 Ewing Street, adjacent to the city’s business district. Once renovations are finished, it will be the new home for the Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership.

State wants boost for College Success Coalitions

Sep 10, 2012

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education wants College Success Coalitions in all 92 Hoosier counties.  Currently, 35 exist across Indiana.

One school in Indiana this year is eligible for state takeover. That’s down from seven last year.  The state Board of Education Thursday chose not to exercise its takeover option, but is leaving that on the table. 

The Indiana Department of Education has issued more than 8,000 vouchers for students to attend private schools at the state’s expense. That’s twice as many as the IDOE issued last year, but only about half of the number available.

What kids are eating in their school lunches has been a topic of discussion since the School Nutrition Association was created in the 1940s. That’s because the guidelines are always changing.

New rules handed down earlier this year from the United States Department of Agriculture focus less on calories and fat and more on whether all the food groups are being served.

Legislators concerned about new teacher evaluations

Aug 15, 2012
Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

As a new school year begins, it’s not just students who have homework due – Hoosier school corporations are required to submit new teacher evaluation programs to the state Department of Education by next month.  But some legislators say they are concerned about the effectiveness of the evaluations.

The state Department of Education developed a teacher evaluation model that was tested in dozens of school corporations last school year.  Schools don’t have to use that model – they can modify it, use other models or develop their own. 

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