Indiana Department of Education

ISTEP Stress Test Delayed Due To School Feedback

Jan 20, 2015
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The next stress test for computer systems used in the ISTEP exam across Indiana was supposed to take place Tuesday.

Now, it won’t happen until sometime in February.

The stress test by ISTEP maker CTB/McGraw-Hill was delayed due to feedback the company received from schools, according to the Department of Education. The maker says it wants to make sure thousands of students can simultaneously take the online portion of the exam without incident.

Indiana Department of Education spokesman Daniel Altman says the first stress test took place last week.

Indiana House GOP

We’re almost two years away from the 2016 presidential election, but speculation, rumors and announcements are already in full swing. Many potential candidates are focusing on issues that took a backseat during the financial crisis, including education.

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State Superintendent Glenda Ritz outlined the Department of Education’s proposed budget Thursday to the state budget committee.

The main concern of committee members was the cost of testing.

Ritz’s proposal included a request for $65 million dollars for testing and remediation.

State education leaders are still in the process of creating a new assessment for the 2015-16 school year. That test will align with state-specific academic standards schools began implementing this year.

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The State Board of Education will take more time before deciding whether more schools might be able to take advantage of using the web to help avoid snow make-up days.

Almost Half Of Clinton County Schools Failing, Says IDOE

Nov 7, 2014
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Numbers released this week by the Indiana Department of Education show disappointing results for Clinton County schools.

For every school with an “A” grade, there was one school with a “D” or an “F”. The four "F"-graded schools all belong to the Community Schools of Frankfort. The corporation received a “D” grade overall.

Frankfort Senior High School is the only school in the corporation that received an “A”.

Assistant superintendent Joel McKinney attributes the poor grades to the student body as a whole struggling with testing.

State Department Of Education Website Hacked

Nov 3, 2014
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The Indiana Department of Education has shut down its website after what it says was an attempted hacking.

A release from the department says the site was shut down this morning, though it does not say when it became apparent that someone was trying to access the site from the outside. DOE spokesman Dan Altman says a Drupal vulnerability was the cause of the attempted hacking. But Altman says there is no sign so far that data on the Education Department‘s website were stolen.

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Ian Fernandez and his mom, Karen, sit at their kitchen table going over his math assignment for the night.

Fernandez is a fifth grader at Child’s Elementary School in Bloomington, and his math worksheet is something most of us would recognize; lists of number expressions looking for solutions, or diagrams of shapes with labeled edges that help students find the area and perimeter.

Ian is comfortable doing these problems but then I show him and Karen some practice questions for this year’s fifth grade math ISTEP.

Ritz Wants State To Pay For Textbooks

Oct 2, 2014
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The state’s top education official wants to give parents a financial break.

Indiana is one of eight states that charges families a fee for textbooks.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz has requested the state pick up the cost.

She has included the request in her proposed budget for the Indiana Department of Education.

Ritz said it is a way to make sure all school districts have the same resources for textbooks.

At the beginning of each school year, families in Indiana’s public schools are hit with bills that include activity fees, class fees and the largest line item- textbook fees. Textbook rental fees cost parents on average about $100 per child.

Frustrating to most parents is the knowledge that Indiana is one of only eight states that charge for textbooks.

That is why state superintendent Glenda Ritz announced earlier this month that she wants to eliminate this financial burden for families.

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Increasingly around the state and country, the first day of school is getting earlier with some districts starting the first week of August. Research supports earlier start dates, saying it increases student retention by giving them less time over the summer to forget important information. Outside of the education community though, seasonal businesses feel the effects of the absence of free time for students during traditional summer months.

It’s not year-round school, it’s a balanced calendar

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