Education news

College students across the state are scrambling for options after Harrison College closed its doors Friday, with no warning. The college enrolled more than 1,300 students across its nine Indiana campuses.

One of these students is Ashlyn Bryant. She was slated to graduate from Harrison’s medical assistant program this March and learned of the school’s closure on Facebook.

School reviews in Indiana are changing again this year as part of the state’s renewed approach to school improvement.

Each year the state reviews schools with at least two years of failing letter grades, to look at different aspects of a school’s operations and figure out how they can improve. 

School safety has been a hot issue after highly publicized shootings – including one in Indiana – this year. But so far, only a few school corporations have sought out loans through a new state program to fund safety improvements.

A few Indiana school corporations will divvy up $9 million to improve mental health support, and while the number of schools receiving the money may be small, officials say they’ll influence efforts across the state.

U.S. Education assistant secretary Frank Brogan visited Purdue University’s charter high school in Indianapolis today as part of the department’s national back to school tour.

Department members are traveling to public, private and charter schools across the country this week in an effort to spotlight innovative teaching and management ideas.

The state has released this year’s ISTEP scores to schools and corporations after running into grading issues late last month. The results were initially scheduled to be made public last week.

The State Department of Education sent out a statement Monday saying the fix for a 10th grade math question increased 27,813 student scores. A second issue dealing with data collection on some paper exams affected 115 students across grade levels.

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  High school students are now earning money for getting good grades or visiting a college campus.

The national organization RaiseMe launched the idea of micro-scholarships five years ago. More than a dozen Indiana colleges and universities have partnered with RaiseMe to offer prospective students micro-scholarships. They can earn money in high school and then apply it towards their college expenses.

Girl Scouts Add New Badges To Promote STEM Education

Aug 31, 2018

Girl Scouts have more opportunities to show off their skills in science, technology, engineering and math after the organization introduced 30 new badges focused on STEM – several of which debuted this summer.

The new badges encourage girls to do things like design and program robots or investigate different parts of cybersecurity. Girl Scouts can earn those, and others like them, in kindergarten all the way through their senior year of high school.

Spring 2018 ISTEP Results Delayed Due To Grading Issues

Aug 30, 2018

The Indiana Department of Education says results for the state’s standardized test, the ISTEP, are delayed due to issues the exam’s vendor reported as it finalized the data.

A handful of national charter school experts offered recommendations to state officials Monday on how to better regulate Indiana’s virtual schools.