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June 11, 2018
With A-F grades off the table, Tennessee gets creative about rating its schools under federal law
Days of online testing problems this spring forced officials to toss out a new A-F grading system to rate the state's 1,700-plus public schools.
June 1, 2018
What the F? Here are the surprising ways failing grades helped New York City schools
The results provide new evidence that the now defunct A–F grading scale sparked improvements at underperforming schools.
February 13, 2018
State education officials prepare 0 to 100 index to measure schools, slam push for A-F grades
The new index will give each school a single number based on six factors, including test scores and graduation rates, the availability of classes like art and music, and proficiency rates for English learners
November 1, 2017
This year more Indiana school districts got As from the state
Overall, many districts’ grades stayed the same in 2017 as last year.
October 25, 2017
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Student passing rates on state tests jumped by 7.5 percentage points.
October 4, 2017
More Hoosier schools got As from the state in 2017. But most school grades didn’t change.
Compared to 2016, almost 25 percent of schools improved by one or more letter grades, and about 23 percent saw grades drop.
September 20, 2017
Indiana has a curious plan to sidestep federal rules — give schools two A-F grades next year.
Grades based on 2017 ISTEP tests that are set to come out next month, which schools have already seen, are not part of this change.
March 20, 2017
Tennessee lawmakers want to roll back A-F school grades before they’ve been given
Just a year after deciding that every school should get a single letter grade, Tennessee lawmakers are poised to take it back.
February 20, 2017
Schools with lots of transfer students say A-F labels don’t fit
The proposal would give schools a second A-F grade based just on the scores of students who have attended for at least a year.
January 11, 2017
Like schools, fewer Indiana districts got As in 2016
Although for individual schools, poor grades can bring consequences such as state intervention or takeover, for districts, there are no sanctions.
December 13, 2016
A-F grades are lower across Indiana. Here’s why IPS isn’t sweating its Fs
The days when the state would take over failing Indianapolis Public Schools appear to be over — at least for the foreseeable future.
December 13, 2016
Find your school’s 2016 A-F grade
The Indiana State Board of Education released 2016 A-F school grades at its meeting today.
To grade or not to grade?
November 28, 2016
Feds say Indiana can drop its A-F system. But does it want to?
Today federal officials made two announcements about ESSA.
October 27, 2016
Every Indianapolis superintendent signed this letter criticizing how the state is replacing ISTEP
The letter was released today by the Indiana Urban Schools Association and was signed by superintendents across the state.
July 6, 2016
How to measure school quality beyond test scores? State officials count the ways
Ultimately, the state will have to choose just one to use in its new A-F letter grade system, but for now, all are under consideration, state education officials say.
From the statehouse
April 15, 2016
Changes to A-F grading system move forward despite equity concerns
The board also approved new science standards and nominated a board member to sit on state testing panel.
March 14, 2016
Should Indiana schools get an A-F bonus for kids who lose ground on ISTEP?
The Indiana State Board of Education is expected to consider two proposals Wednesday to refine its new A-F grade system.
February 3, 2016
Technology concerns surface as Indiana approaches next ISTEP exam
Board members today said they were worried about computer glitches after a few statewide "stress tests."
February 2, 2016
Every Marion County school district except one will get a break from the state
The State Board of Education is also expected to address the performance of state takeover schools.
January 26, 2016
Only a small share of Indiana schools earned higher A-F grades in 2015 (updated)
Just 6 percent of schools improved from 2014, compared to 30 percent that improved from 2013 to 2014.
January 26, 2016
Find your school’s 2015 A-F letter grade
Few schools across the state saw their grades change from 2014.
January 22, 2016
State board aims to reduce the fear of state takeover for 3 schools
Recently passed legislation wouldn't have protected the three schools from further state consequences.
January 21, 2016
It’s over: Pence signs bills pausing ISTEP consequences for one year
After nearly two years of debate, Pence and lawmakers bowed to Ritz’s solution to a big test score drop.
January 20, 2016
Indiana’s new A-F grade system: It’s not just about pass or fail anymore
2016 will be the first year grades are calculated under the new model.
January 19, 2016
ISTEP rescore plans reduced after lawmakers consider high costs, expert advice
House Education Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Behning said a vote is expected on the bill Thursday.
January 14, 2016
Bill doesn't shield all schools equally from A-F grade consequences
Schools earning their sixth F in 2015 could face serious state penalties, including state takeover.
January 4, 2016
Pence signs on to Ritz's approach to 'pause' A-F grades, ISTEP sanctions
Democrats and Republicans are backing a bill is expected to be considered by the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.
November 17, 2015
Republican proposal would offer aspiring teachers free college tuition
A new bill would give Indiana college students a chance to get tuition fully paid for by the state if they agree to spend five years teaching after they graduate.
November 11, 2015
State senator: Legislature should pass a bill now to relieve ISTEP sanctions
Sen. Mark Stoops proposed a bill to relieve schools and teachers from possible test score drops — But he wants it passed before lawmakers convene for the 2016 session.
November 3, 2015
State board member calls for Indiana to keep a general diploma
Parents and educators have said new diplomas would create more challenges for students with special needs.
October 28, 2015
It looks like far fewer Indiana schools could earn an A after ISTEP changes
The board voted to approve ISTEP cut-off scores today, but school letter grades aren't expected until January.
October 27, 2015
In an about-face, Pence joins Ritz in calling for relief from testing sanctions
In a letter to the Indiana State Board of Education today, Pence said lower projected ISTEP scores shouldn't hurt teacher evaluations or pay.
October 13, 2015
Advocates, unions react to big drop expected for ISTEP scores
The state board of education is expected to vote on recommended ISTEP passing scores at its meeting tomorrow.
October 12, 2015
State board decision Wednesday could mean a big drop in ISTEP passing rates
If the state board grants its approval, ISTEP test passing rates could plummet by about 16 percentage points in English and 24 percentage points in math compared to 2014.
September 14, 2015
State Board of Education will take on A-to-F delay this week
News last month about ISTEP scoring delays could have a domino effect on a host of other factors, including A-to-F grades.
February 4, 2015
State board stops short of guiding schools toward more test scores in teacher ratings
The Indiana State Board of Education today held off a decision to ask school districts to count test scores and other “objective” measures of teaching…
February 3, 2015
State board poised to add more test scores into teacher ratings
The Indiana State Board of Education is expected to vote tomorrow on how much student test scores factor into teacher evaluations — for some, it could…
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