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11:41 am
Wed September 25, 2013

School Voucher Enrollment Doubles

Enrollment in Indiana’s private school voucher program has more than doubled this school year.  Indiana education officials confirmed Tuesday they’ve received more than 20,000 applications for voucher dollars.

That means the program has more than quadrupled its enrollment since it started two years ago.

School Choice Indiana president Betsy Wiley, a voucher program advocate, attributes the increase to House Bill 1003, which won state lawmakers’ approval last session.

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Education
12:05 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

New Tech Middle School Opens in Fort Wayne

Eighth-grader Malique Tai and his group get together to work on a project.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

The New Tech Network works with schools throughout the country to design academic programs that focus on project-based learning and student empowerment. One of only a handful of New Tech middle schools opened in Fort Wayne this year. Towles Middle School is one of many New Techs in Northeast Indiana. The region has one of the highest concentrations of the program in the country.  

This classroom is larger than average, and each student has their own personal laptop to work on. Eighth-grader Malique Tai sits down to his in creative writing and media class.

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Education
7:21 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Heritage Trail - Four Freshmen

Four famous Hoosiers sand their way to the top of the charts.

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Education
5:12 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

FWCS Board Votes to Abandon A-F Grading System

On Monday night, the Fort Wayne Community Schools Board passed a resolution stating the board would no longer publicly recognize the statewide A-F performance system to determine schools' achievement.

Fort Wayne Community Schools board president Mark GiaQuinta about why they are abandoning this system and the impact it may have on their schools.

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Education
6:02 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Indiana's School Grading System In the Spotlight

Indiana State Senator Luke Kenley.

The controversy surrounding Indiana’s former superintendent, Tony Bennett, is bringing new attention to the formula state officials use to issue letter grade performance ratings to schools. 

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Education
5:46 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Bennett Resigns Florida Post After Grade Revelations

State Impact Indiana's Kyle Stokes and Elle Moxley discuss Tony Bennett's resignation as Florida's Education Commissioner after reports that, while Indiana State Superintendent, he changed the grade of a charter school reportedly run by a major Republican Party donor. 

You can find more from our StateImpact Indiana team covering education by visiting http://stateimpact.npr.org/indiana/.

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Education
11:36 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Expert: Interruptions Didn't Affect ISTEP Scores

The widespread disruptions to Indiana’s online standardized tests last April, on average, did not hurt students’ final ISTEP+ scores.  That’s the conclusion a New Hampshire-based testing expert reported to lawmakers Monday.

State education officials hired the Center for Assessment’s Richard Hill six weeks ago to comb through the data of more than 495,000 ISTEP+ exams.

“If the interruptions had had a marked impact on student achievement, we would not have seen scores going up this year from last year,” Hill said.

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