Indiana Department of Education

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

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.