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Indiana set to dump Common Core education standards

INDIANAPOLIS | The state is poised to become an education island after the Republican-controlled Senate approved legislation Wednesday fully withdrawing Indiana from the Common Core standards used by 45 other states to define what students should learn at each grade level.

March 12, 2014 6:21 pm

Common Core standards nearly kaput in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana is close to terminating its use of Common Core educational standards, which 45 other states have adopted as the basis by which local schools set their curriculum.

February 27, 2014 5:58 pm
Hobart Middle School prepare for ISTEP

Hobart Middle School prepare for ISTEP

HOBART | Hobart Middle School students get ready to step up and prepare for ISTEP + in March. Students are attending after-school ISTEP Boost classes, in-school ISTEP Remediation, and the Language Arts Step Up class as well as reviewing ISTEP + Applied Skills during their homeroom classes.

February 10, 2014 4:38 pm

Griffith educators tackle disappointing test scores

GRIFFITH | Griffith school administrators are putting an immediate remediation plan in place to improve disappointing student test scores.

February 01, 2014 6:45 pm
Indiana has struggled to devise school grading systems

Indiana has struggled to devise school grading systems

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence makes it sound like the simplest thing in the world: "We grade our kids every day in the classroom; we can grade our schools every year."

November 02, 2013 9:00 pm Related
Region leaders' retreat helps frame top 10 priorities

Region leaders' retreat helps frame top 10 priorities

Elliott Dickinson assists fourth-grader Destiny Gonzalez with a math problem at Central Elementary School in Portage during a lull in ISTEP testing April 30. "Refocus the direction of school improvement" ranked 10th on the One Region list of priorities, with less than 1 percent of participan…

October 13, 2013 12:00 am
Roosevelt shows slight improvement on test scores

Roosevelt shows slight improvement on test scores

GARY | Most of the 2013 ISTEP+ test scores for seventh- and eighth-grade students at Gary's Roosevelt College and Career Academy show a slight improvement under private management company EdisonLearning.

September 26, 2013 7:30 pm Related

ISTEP scores improve despite glitches

Despite computer glitches and online delays during the 2013 ISTEP+ test, the data indicates test scores continued to improve.

September 18, 2013 12:00 pm Related

Lawmakers begin Common Core review

INDIANAPOLIS | Glenda Ritz, the Democratic state superintendent of public instruction, tried bringing a swift end to the hullaballo over Indiana's use of Common Core educational standards Monday by pointing out the state controls its standards and they can always be changed.

August 05, 2013 8:00 pm Related

EDITORIAL: ISTEP failure shouldn't pass outside test

It shouldn't take long for the Indiana Department of Education's consultant to realize the obvious -- that the interrupted ISTEP+ results should be invalidated.

June 12, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Use ISTEP debacle to rethink education aims

GUEST COMMENTARY: Use ISTEP debacle to rethink education aims

For many of us, there is a sad air of inevitability about the computer problems that plagued the ISTEP across Indiana.

May 29, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Common Core delayed, but don't kill it

It's not unusual to hear students griping about the ISTEP, but when educators are complaining as well, it's time to take notice.

May 26, 2013 12:00 am

Hebron schools unhappy ISTEP will continue

HEBRON | Hebron school officials were still upset Wednesday about the snafus with the state's ISTEP test and the legislature's move that will doom schools to one or two more years of giving the test.

May 19, 2013 8:20 pm

More than 30 NWI schools termed four-star

MUNSTER | More than 30 schools from Northwest Indiana were named four-star schools in the state.

May 13, 2013 8:39 pm
The Daily Fix

The Daily Fix

Students were delayed in taking the ISTEP+ test because of server failures.

May 07, 2013 12:00 am
Indiana's contract for ISTEP+ services

Indiana's contract for ISTEP+ services

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.

May 02, 2013 12:00 am

ISTEP testing resumes after two days of problems

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana students resumed taking required standardized tests Wednesday after two days of computer glitches that temporarily halted testing.

May 01, 2013 5:30 pm Related
Computer issues force suspension of ISTEP testing for remainder of Tuesday

Computer issues force suspension of ISTEP testing for remainder of Tuesday

Indiana online ISTEP+ testing is expected to resume Wednesday after the state suspended testing Tuesday because connectivity issues plagued test takers for a second consecutive day.

April 30, 2013 5:00 pm Photos

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Computer issues force suspension of ISTEP testing for remainder of Tuesday

Computer issues force suspension of ISTEP testing for remainder of Tuesday

Elliott Dickinson assists fourth-grader Destiny Gonzalez with a math problem Tuesday at Central Elementary School in Portage. The Indiana Department of Education suspended the ISTEP+ test for the remainder of the day because of connectivity issues.

April 30, 2013 4:06 pm
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