Indiana Department of Education

More Indiana Students Taking AP Classes

Aug 21, 2014
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More Indiana high school students are enrolling in "advanced placement" classes, according to the state Department of Education.

Indianapolis Public Schools saw a more than 80-percent jump between 2006 and 2011 according to the Department of Education.

Carmel Clay saw a 115 percent increase in students taking "A-P" classes.

State education officials say this is more than just a point of pride for students and is also saving real money.

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The state Board of Education is providing resource guides for Indiana’s teachers to help them develop curricula around the state’s new academic standards, which go into effect this fall.

At a state board meeting Monday deputy state superintendent Danielle Shockey presented the resources which include sample math problems and an optional reading list that meets English/Language Arts standards.

State DOE Partners With Purdue To Strengthen STEM Education

May 20, 2014
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The state Department of Education is partnering with Purdue to help K-12 schools improve their efforts in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education— commonly known as STEM.

At the Indiana STEM School Summit on the West Lafayette campus Tuesday, Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz says the university’s College of Education is providing key guidance in curriculum and teaching methods.

Purdue partners with LSC to promote STEM education

Feb 27, 2014

Purdue is partnering with the Lafayette School Corporation to help teachers meet the learning needs of students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses.

A $246,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Education Math Science Partnership will provide professional development and content learning for teachers and a summer STEM experience for students.

TSC granted waiver for one of three snow days

Jan 14, 2014

The Indiana Department of Education has approved the Tippecanoe School Corporation’s request to waiveone day of instructional time lost during the recent winter storm.

Students do not have to make up January 7th, but must make up January 8th and 9th.

TSC officials say the two days will be added to the end of the school year.

In a letter to the corporation, Director of the Office of School Accreditation George Frampton approved a waiver for January 7th based on historically low temperatures.

Indiana education officials will throw out the results of 1,388 ISTEP exams because of the statewide disruptions to this spring’s online tests.  The move comes on the recommendation of a testing expert who reviewed nearly 79,000 interrupted tests.

There’s no way to know definitively how Indiana students would have scored had computer problems at testing company CTB/McGraw-Hill not disrupted online tests in April.  But the Center for Assessment’s Richard Hill says he made his best guess, comparing thousands of students’ test scores last year to their scores this year.

IN Dept of Education adds Outreach Division

Aug 28, 2013

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz has added an Outreach Division, which is staffed by state officials who do almost nothing but site visits to struggling schools. 

By the end of his time in office, former state superintendent Tony Bennett had five staff members who spent four days a week doing nothing but site visits to about 60 schools across the state — schools with high numbers of at-risk kids and low test scores.  

Governor Mike Pence announced the creation of another state agency aimed at helping coordinate Indiana's education and career development efforts. 

Since Pence took office seven months ago, he’s played a part in creating the Indiana Career Council and Regional Works Councils, placing a renewed emphasis on career and technical education.  He’s taken another step in that direction by signing an executive order creating the Center for Education and Career Innovation. 

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.