Education

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As the school year begins, students are already facing a lot of expectations such as performing well on state assessments and meeting the state’s learning benchmarks.

But before a child can do any of those things well, basic needs, including getting enough food to eat, must be met. One Indianapolis school district is making food security a priority – and not just during the school year, but year-round.

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A Marion County judge is allowing a lawsuit involving a dispute between state superintendent Glenda Ritz and the State Board of Education to move forward.

The judge Tuesday denied the Attorney General’s request to dismiss the lawsuit filed by four residents against the State Board of Education.

The issue at the center of the lawsuit is whether State Board of Education members violated the state’s open meeting law when they decided via email to send a legislative leaders a letter, asking them to intervene in how school’s A-F grades were being calculated.

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Indiana children are making strides in education, according to new data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual KIDS Count report.

Indiana ranks 26th nationally in education this year, ahead eight places from 2013.

The rankings are based on several components, such as high school graduation rates and the percentage of children in pre-kindergarten.

One of the major contributing factors to the increase is an 11-percent improvement in the number of students proficient in both 4th grade reading and 8th grade math.

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West Lafayette leaders have granted a request from schoolteachers to install pianos in two outdoor locations in the city. From July 11 through July 28, the instruments will be chained to benches near the West Lafayette Public Library and Margerum Fountain.

It’s a project spearheaded by the Tippecanoe Music Teachers Association and backed by city councilwoman Vicki Burch. Burch says the city will solicit feedback on whether to expand the program in the future.

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The Indiana Chamber of Commerce says school counselors are being hampered by a number of factors from providing Hoosier students with the most complete college and career readiness opportunities. 

Chamber leaders say a survey of more than 400 school counselors across the state shows the problem isn’t with counselors – it’s with counseling.  Its survey of school counselors found that 90-percent say they spend less than half of their time on college and career readiness activities. 

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Purdue University is set to extend its tuition freeze into a third year. President Mitch Daniels, who made the freeze one of his first announcements upon taking the reins of the school, will seek formal approval of the move at Friday’s Board of Trustees meeting.

On Tuesday, the president was quick to say he couldn’t predict how long the policy would last, however.

GED deadline approaching for IN test-takers

Dec 2, 2013

The current high-school equivalency exam will cease to be in Indiana beginning January 1, 2014. That gives students currently working on the GED less than a month to complete it.

If not, they must start over with the state’s replacement exam, the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC).

Lafayette Adult Resource Academy director Trish Maxwell says while it is better if partial-passers complete the exam by the end of the year, it’s not the end of the world if they don’t. About 10,000 Hoosiers take the GED annually.

In the wake of ISTEP testing disruptions that have called into question the validity of this year’s tests, the General Assembly this week will hold the first of two hearings investigating the issue.

Legislators initially hoped to have one comprehensive study committee hearing on ISTEP in June.  But with results of the tests and a third-party validation of those results not expected until July, Commission on Education co-chairs Representative Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) and Senator Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn) will hold two meetings on the topic.

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A metamorphosis will take place at a Lafayette area camp in the coming weeks. Kids attending the Hanna Summer Camp will be taking care of caterpillars until they change into butterflies. It’s in partnership with the College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue.

Dr. Sandy San Miguel, Associate Dean for Engagement, says campers will learn about science, math and reading.

“The overall goal is to keep them excited about learning, excited about school, so that when they go back in the fall, they haven’t forgotten everything,” she says.

State Superintendent Glenda Ritz says the ISTEP testing schedule has been extended three days after two straight days of statewide glitches this week. 

Both CTB/McGraw Hill, the testing company, and Superintendent Glenda Ritz report no problems with online ISTEP exams Wednesday. Tens of thousands of students Monday and Tuesday couldn’t complete their tests due to technical problems.  Under guidance from Ritz, schools reduced their testing load to 50%, so if a school had scheduled two grades to take the exams, only one would.

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