education

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6:08 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

State Wants More College Students Graduating On Time

Sarah Correll, Purdue junior and member of the Commission for Higher Education.
Credit Brandon Smith

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education wants to help college students finish their degrees on  time, unveiling Monday its ’15 to Finish’ campaign. The initiative is a coordinated, statewide effort to inform students, parents, and advisors about  the importance of taking 15 credit hours per semester.

Only 30 percent of Hoosiers complete a bachelor’s degree on time. And an extra year of college costs an average of $50,000.

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Education
3:04 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Allen County Selected for Pre-K Pilot Program

Allen County is among the five counties picked to participate in Indiana's pre-K pilot program.

The program provides up to ten million dollars – along with local matching funds – to help low-income four-year-olds attend pre-kindergarten classes. Vouchers would go to families with incomes below 127 percent of the poverty line.

United Way of Allen County was selected to lead the campaign to bring the pilot here, and UWAC Director of Community Impact Jeanne Zehr says the program could serve more than 1,400 children when it’s up and running.

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Education
5:16 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Committee May Settle Ethics Complaint Against Former Schools Chief

Former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett.

An ethics committee investigating charges against former state superintendent Tony Bennett is considering a settlement.  The inspector general filed an ethics complaint against Bennett in November alleging he used government resources during his re-election campaign in 2012.

The accusations against Bennett allege he kept databases of campaign donors and used government resources during his 2012 re-election campaign against current state superintendent Glenda Ritz.

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StateImpact Indiana
1:31 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

StateImpact: When Education Starts Early, Kids Benefit

This month, the Family and Social Services Administration will announce the five counties selected to participate in the state’s new pre-k pilot program, Indiana’s first big move toward making preschool a priority. 

But many believe a child’s learning needs to be a priority from the beginning of life, well before they ever enter a classroom.

In our weekly education feature, StateImpact Indiana’s Claire McInerny has more on brain development from birth to age four.

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Education
1:12 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Educators Concerned About Quick Turnaround for New Test

Indiana’s students will take a new standardized test this spring – a year earlier than anticipated.

The test isn’t designed yet but it has to match the standards the state adopted to replace the Common Core.

Education officials and school leaders are worried about the short turnaround.

StateImpact Indiana’s Rachel Morello and Claire McInerny discuss the sudden change in testing plans.

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Education
2:39 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Study: Guidance Counselors Spending Less Time with Students

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.

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News
11:10 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Indiana Considering Counties for Pre-K Pilot Program

Eighteen counties, including Allen County,  are being considered for the state-funded pre-k pilot program. The state legislature approved  the program earlier this year and the Family and Social Services Administration announced the  finalists today. Just five of  those counties that will be chosen to participate in the pilot program.  

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News
3:26 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Report Shows Indiana School Counseling Falling Short

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce says school counselors are being hampered by a number of factors  from providing Hoosier students with the most complete college and career readiness opportunities.  A survey was conducted of more than four hundred school  counselors across the state.

The Indiana Chamber says the problem isn’t with counselors – it’s with counseling. Its survey of school  counselors found that 90 percent say they spend less than half of their time on college and career  readiness activities. 

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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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