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.
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.
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.
GRIFFITH | Griffith school administrators are putting an immediate remediation plan in place to improve disappointing student test scores.
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."
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…
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.
Despite computer glitches and online delays during the 2013 ISTEP+ test, the data indicates test scores continued to improve.
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.
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.
For many of us, there is a sad air of inevitability about the computer problems that plagued the ISTEP across Indiana.
It's not unusual to hear students griping about the ISTEP, but when educators are complaining as well, it's time to take notice.
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.
MUNSTER | More than 30 schools from Northwest Indiana were named four-star schools in the state.
Students were delayed in taking the ISTEP+ test because of server failures.
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.
INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana students resumed taking required standardized tests Wednesday after two days of computer glitches that temporarily halted testing.
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.
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.
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