Indiana Department of Education

NH firm to review ISTEP results

Jun 10, 2013

State education officials have hired a New Hampshire-based firm to review results of Indiana’s ISTEP exams after at least 78,000 students’ online tests froze in April.

The Indiana Department of Education will pay the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment no more than $53,000 to review the results of the ISTEP exam — a review state superintendent Glenda Ritz expects to take four to five weeks.

Indiana state lawmakers want to help parents find out whether their child’s school is family friendly. The legislation unanimously approved by a House committee Tuesday aims to increase parental involvement in education.

Today is the deadline to apply for school vouchers for the 2012-2013 school year.  Preliminary figures show the number of applications has already doubled from last year, but they still don’t approach the voucher program caps.

More than 8,500 students have signed up to participate in Indiana’s school voucher program this year.  That’s up from more than 3,900 students who took part last year, the program’s first year in existence.

State Department of Education spokesman Alex Damron says the numbers speak to the program’s success.

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As a new school year begins, it’s not just students who have homework due. Hoosier school corporations are required to submit new teacher evaluation programs to the state Department of Education by next month.

Some legislators are concerned about the effectiveness of the evaluations. They met Tuesday for a summer study committee to hear from the state Department of Education about its plan.

One in 20 Hoosier students miss too much school

Jul 26, 2012

A new study by the Indiana Partnerships Center shows a significant number of Hoosier public school students are chronically absent from school. 

Data in the study, conducted by the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University, shows about 55,000 Hoosier students attending public schools miss too much school.  That data doesn’t include the students who miss school because of suspensions.

State Funds Slashed for Local Public Schools

Mar 8, 2012

The West Lafayette Community School Corporation is losing nearly $900,000 in state funding.

Superintendent Rocky Killion says that is about $200,000 more than what he expected.

He says the cuts are due to more money going to private schools, charters, and virtual schools.

He says if the district didn’t pass a referendum in 2010, it’s likely the loss of funding would mean firing 18-teachers.

Killion says the corporation is going to have to come up with strategies to manage future reductions once the referendum expires in five years.

Administrators Prepare for New Evaluation Model

Feb 14, 2012

School administrators are getting a better understanding of a new state system of evaluating teachers.

About 300 educators are participating in training sessions, including one in West Lafayette, on the RISE Initiative which categorizes teachers into four categories – highly effective, effective, needs improvement, and ineffective.

Professional Development Director for Wabash Valley Education Center Tami Hicks says depending on how teachers are rated could impact their pay.

West Lafayette Community School Corporation’s graduation rate is among the best in the state.

More than 98-percent of students graduated from the district in the 2010-2011 school year, according to recent data from the state Department of Education.

Indiana’s average is 85.7 percent which is more than 1.5-percent better than the previous year.

Tippecanoe and Lafayette School Corporation both fall below the state rate.

TSC graduated more than 83-percent, while LSC’s rate is 80-percent.