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Education
2:05 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

State Board Set to Meet Over 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver Troubles

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.

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.

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Education
2:47 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

FWCS Delays ISTEP+ Citing Ongoing Tech Issues

Fort Wayne Community Schools is delaying the high-stakes ISTEP+ exam after problems surfaced with the online version of the test.

School officials announced the decision Monday after several days of interruptions and technology issues related to test provider CTB-McGraw Hill’s servers.

Students will now take the exam the old-fashioned way: with paper and pencil.

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News
12:06 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

State Board of Education Approves New Standards

The State Board of Education approved new academic standards Monday  to replace the Common Core in Indiana schools. Vocal opposition to the proposed standards  wasn’t enough to deter board members. 

The crowd cheered as State Board member Andrea Neal cast the lone no vote in opposition to proposed math and English language standards.

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News
5:23 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

School Districts Experience Issues with ISTEP Practice Tests

Indiana schools preparing for next week’s spring ISTEP test say they’re already having problem with the practice exam. Last spring, computer glitches interrupted more than 30,000 ISTEP testing sessions. 

To prepare students and teachers for the ISTEP testing that begins next week, many districts in  Indiana administered a practice test Tuesday. 

Fort Wayne Community Schools spokesperson Krista  Stockman says her district uses this practice test to find any problems with the school’s technology that  administers the test. 

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The Difference
4:22 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

In "Race for Results," African-Americans are Falling Behind

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its "Race for Results" report on Tuesday.
Credit Courtesy / Annie E. Casey Foundation

As we reported earlier this week, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has released its latest study examining how kids of different races fare when it comes to meeting developmental milestones on time.

The findings are striking, though not necessarily surprising.

Black, Latino, and Native American children are lagging behind – in some cases, far behind their white and Asian-American peers.

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The Difference
5:43 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Report Finds Indiana Among Worst States for Black Youth

The "Race for Results" report released Tuesday assigned scores from 0-1000 measuring child progression and opportunity in the U.S. Indiana ranked among the worst states for black youth.
Credit "Race for Results" / Annie E. Casey Foundation

A new study released Tuesday finds Indiana among the ten worst states for black children, highlighting the disparity in opportunity between African-American youth and their peers.

The policy report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, titled "Race for Results," measures 12 factors in an effort to chart child progression nationwide. Those include everything from reading proficiency to graduation rates to the number of children living near or below the federal poverty level.

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Politics & Government
5:05 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Pence Signs Pre-K Pilot Bill

Gov. Mike Pence signed the pre-K pilot bill Thursday at DayStar Childcare Ministries in Indianapolis.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Mike Pence signed legislation Thursday to create a preschool pilot program he says is the beginning of a new chapter of hope and opportunity for Indiana’s disadvantaged children.

The program will provide anywhere between two thousand and six thousand dollars per child so low-income Hoosier kids in five counties can attend a high quality preschool program.  Governor Pence signed the bill at DayStar Childcare Ministries in Indianapolis. 

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Education
5:16 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Pence Signs Bill Pulling Indiana Out of Common Core

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed legislation Monday officially pulling the state out of Common Core.

It’s official — Indiana is out of the Common Core.

Governor Pence signed a bill Monday reversing an earlier decision to share academic standards with 44 other states and the District of Columbia. Still, the state’s next set of standards will likely have substantial overlap with the Common Core.

Pence has said repeatedly Indiana will have academic standards written ‘by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers.’

After signing the bill withdrawing Indiana from the Common Core, he praised state education officials’ efforts.

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Education
5:18 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Once Thought Dead, Pre-K Pilot Bill Gets Approval

Empty chambers at the Indiana House of Representatives.
Credit Courtesy / Wikimedia Commons

The House Thursday approved a preschool pilot program after it was seemingly left for dead just two weeks ago.

Speaker Brian Bosma says creation of the pre-k pilot wouldn’t have been possible without a funding mechanism crafted by the Senate.  The program can use up to $10 million in existing funds from the Family and Social Services Administration, while at least ten percent and up to 50 percent of that in matching funds must come from private sources. 

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Education
1:59 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

State Adopts New Social Studies Standards

State education officials approved new social studies expectations for Indiana schools Wednesday. The standards are very similar to ones the state has been using since 2007.

State Board member Cari Whicker wanted to know what the proposed changes would mean in her sixth grade history class.

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