INDIANAPOLIS | State lawmakers are likely to permanently halt the three-year-old implementation of Common Core educational standards next year, after a one-year "pause" did nothing to convince a vocal minority of Hoosiers the federal government isn't taking over their local schools.
INDIANAPOLIS | The carefree childhood always has been more aspirational than actual for many, and a new analysis finds girls growing up in Indiana often have a harder time than girls living elsewhere.
Parents and educators alike continue to wait for the 2013 ISTEP+ scores to be released.
INDIANAPOLIS | Hoosiers should know by the end of the month how many student standardized test scores were rendered invalid due to at least 78,269 ISTEP+ test interruptions caused by computer server capacity problems at the testing company.
This is a copy of the Indiana Department of Education's contract with CTB/McGraw Hill for ISTEP+ services. See page 5 for the financial penalties agreed to by the company and the state.
Given the political push back and legislative discussion over the Common Core Standards touted by former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett and endorsed by many teachers in the region, it does not look like there will be changes to the ISTEP-Plus test anytime soon.
HAMMOND | Lincoln Elementary School is Hammond is focused on success. In preparation for the State ISTEP+ tests beginning this week, the Lincoln staff made an inspirational video followed by their own version of the Harlem Shake at the end.
As region schools await testing for ISTEP-Plus and End-of-Course Assessment exams, several showed improvement in 2012 standardized testing.
INDIANAPOLIS | Two Northwest Indiana school districts could receive a $500 per student bonus under a plan to reward the state's highest-performing schools with additional funding.
ISTEP-Plus testing begins next week for students in grades three through eight across Indiana. This is the first year third-graders will take a new reading test that will determine whether they move on to fourth grade.
GARY | On January 20, Thea Bowman Leadership Academy Team Leader Lisa Garrett, dressed up as the 'Istep+ Lady' to inform the third grade students about the English/LA and Math requirements for the upcoming ISTEP+ Test.
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