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October 11, 2018
Three Chicago principals and the war against Fs
“Fs and Ds are worthless,” Principal Juan Carlos Ocon of Benito Juarez Community Academy said. The school has devised a strategy for not giving failing grades — and it has increased rigor.
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.
July 23, 2015
Indiana earns 3 more years free from NCLB sanctions
The U.S. Department of Education told Indiana today that it would have its waiver from consequences of the federal No Child Left Behind Law extended for three years.
July 17, 2015
Indiana finalizes new A-to-F model for 2015-16
The new rules will equally weigh ISTEP passing rates and student test score improvement.
July 17, 2015
Test yourself: Do you know the basics of Indiana education?
It's a good time to brush up on your Indiana education knowledge. Try your hand at our quiz that includes questions on our four newest "basics" posts out this week.
July 15, 2015
The basics of Indiana’s NCLB waiver: An ongoing debate
In 2012, Indiana negotiated a waiver from sanctions of NCLB, making promises to the federal government in exchange. Ever since, managing it has been a bit messy.
June 30, 2015
A-to-F grade 'pause' won't harm NCLB waiver renewal, Ritz's team says
Glenda Ritz will ask the state board Wednesday to mitigate the effects of this year's A-to-F grades on schools
June 3, 2015
School 93 a step closer to possible takeover despite new law's timeline changes
A change in state law that could see failing schools taken over by the state two years quicker won’t affect schools that have already earned…
May 6, 2015
Schools could earn fewer A’s next year under proposed state board rule changes
Schools could have a harder time earning A's beginning in 2016 if the Indiana State Board of Education approves new A-to-F grading rules Thursday.
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