State education officials announced Wednesday morning fewer Indiana schools received the state’s highest letter grade rating in 2012. But three out of five schools still received an A or a B. State superintendent Tony Bennett unveiled the letter grades and said the grades are “positive news” overall for Indiana schools.
This year is the first time state officials have calculating A-to-F school ratings using their new growth model. The model places greater weight on individual students’ test score performance, rather than a school’s overall passing rate on statewide tests.
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.
Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 9:00 am
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.
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.
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.
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.