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.
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.
Indiana fourth graders made significant gains in their performance on national tests designed to compare their reading and math skills with students across the nation. Federal education officials released the results of the exams Thursday.
From 2011 to this year, Indiana fourth graders average score on both the reading and math tests went up 5 points. On the 500-point National Assessment of Educational Progress, that might not sound like much. But that’s a bigger jump than all but a handful of states.
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.