Indiana State Board of Education

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The State Board of Education voted Wednesday, after rounds of public input and months of study, to not move forward with a re-write of the state’s graduation requirements.

When the State Board of Education first took up the issue of re-writing the state’s diplomas last fall, they were inundated with concerns. Many of these focused on math, fine arts and special education. 

The board created a task force, comprised mostly of educators, to spend more time coming up with the new diploma types.

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The State Board of Education released A-F grades for school corporations at its monthly meeting Wednesday, which reflect the hold harmless approach the board approved last week.

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Public hearings are expected to start next month on the future of four long-troubled schools under state intervention.

All are in the fifth year of turnaround efforts by the State Board of Education and have been run by a charter school company picked by the board since 2012.

The board now must decide if the schools are returned to their home school corporation, changed into a charter school or some other combination of those options.

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Like most high school freshmen, Nash Huffman goes back and forth on what he wants to be when he grows up.

A job at the hospital in his hometown of Noblesville interests him, but today, he really has a knack for reporting, using my microphone to interview his parents:

“So Mommy, tell me about your fears!” he asks his mother, Jan.

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The State Board of Education voted to rework proposed high school diploma changes at its meeting Wednesday.

After hours of public testimony last week criticizing many of the new diploma requirements continued at Wednesday’s meeting, the board voted to create a new committee to rework the new graduation requirements.

Much of the criticism focused on the lack of requirements for fine arts classes as well as struggles special education students might face under new graduation demands, among others.

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 Indiana’s State Board of Education Wednesday approved cut scores for the 2015 ISTEP+ test at a special meeting (the score a student needs to pass the annual exam), whether they took the online or paper/pencil version. However, students who took the online assessment could get a little extra boost that could help them reach the passing mark.

The board had planned to vote on 2015 cut scores at its meeting earlier this month, but decided to wait until test experts finished comparing the online and paper/pencil versions of the test.

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Gov. Mike Pence says he’s working with legislators to ensure Indiana’s transition to new academic standards and a new standardized test shouldn’t affect teacher evaluations or performance pay. 

In a letter sent Tuesday to state Superintendent Glenda Ritz and members of the State Board of Education, Pence points out that states tend to see a decrease in student test scores when they transition to new  standards. 

He says given that Indiana is in this situation, the state's response should “reflect fairness” to students and teachers. 

SBOE Members Travel State To Explain ISTEP Holdup

Oct 20, 2015

 Members of the State Board of Education made stops throughout the state Monday to further explain why they have not approved pass-fail scores for this year’s ISTEP test.

The board has hired testing experts to review the differences in the level of difficulty between the online and paper/pencil versions of the test. The board wants to ensure the pass-fail scores are equal for both versions of the exam.

Sarah O’Brien, the board vice-chair, said there is public frustration and distrust over the state’s K-to-12 testing system.

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The latest salvo in the years-long fight between Governor Mike Pence and education superintendent Glenda Ritz was fired by the Ritz camp this week, when superintendent’s spokesman Dan Altman accused the State Board of Education of being in the governor’s pocket when it chose to delay the release of this year’s ISTEP scores.

The scores were set to be released Wednesday, but have now been delayed until at least October 28, as the state tries to figure out how to deal with scores that are significantly lower than in years past.

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There’s been much gnashing of teeth recently about the grades assigned to Indiana schools.

Some say a delay in releasing ISTEP scores should release schools from their letter grades this year.

Others say a loophole in state law forbids the state from assigning them this year. The state attorney general says there’s no problem at all. 

Here to attempt to sort out the mess are StateImpact Indiana reporters Claire McInerny and Rachel Morello.