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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.

Steve Burns / WFIU/WTIU News

 

An increasing number of Indiana school districts are turning to truancy courts to address issues with chronic absences. But, the focus isn’t on punishing students.

The state defines chronic truancy as a student having at least ten unexcused absences during one school year. Many districts across the state are adopting policies that aim to connect students and their families with resources before they reach that number.

Merrillville Truancy Court Focuses On Empowering Families

A new review says Indiana has some of the strongest standards for math and English language arts (ELA) among states that don’t follow the Common Core, while several other states received poor marks.

Lindsey Wright / WFIU/WTIU News

As you drive down a main strip in Terre Haute, American flags line the street as far as the eye can see. But several weeks ago dozens of other national flags took flight along side them. Around 30 flags blow in the wind as they line the front of an apartment complex.

"Saudi Arabia is there," says Michael Ellis. "We have a lot of students from Saudi Arabia living here in the building."

Terre Haute resident sends a welcoming message 

A national association of college professors is raising concerns about rules for faculty at the recently-created Purdue Global, and says the online university is limiting the free speech and work of its faculty through a nondisclosure agreement.

A new study finds that a large majority of Indiana students have access to an A-rated school by attending public, private or charter school. But in rural areas, students may face a lack of these school options.

EdChoice, an Indiana based nonprofit that advocates for school vouchers and charters, published the study. 

Charlotte Tuggle / WBAA

After a student and her teacher were shot at Noblesville West Middle School at the end of last school year, the summer was spent on renewed conversations about school safety in Indiana.

The state offered to buy handheld metal detectors for any districts that wanted them and superintendents began taking a hard look at their protocols.

But experts say there’s still a lack of coordination and the state may not have closed many security loopholes.

The state-appointed manager of the Gary Community School Corporation told state officials Monday the district faces less of a deficit than it did a year ago.

The annual operating deficit is  $15 million -- that’s $7 million less than the original deficit when state lawmakers approved the takeover. Eliminating the deficit by the end of 2019 remains the manager’s goal.

Yet the district remains in debt by $98 million, much of that coming from outstanding bonds and loans from banks and the state.

Emilie Syberg / WBAA

A bill passed during the 2018 legislative session requires public high schools in Indiana to offer a computer science elective, starting in 2021. But smaller school districts could find compliance more challenging.

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