As the summer quickly comes to an end, educators, parents and students have started to gear up for another school year. For most of us, students included, this is an exciting time full of anticipation, wonder and hope. As an educator, I share these thoughts and expectations with my colleague…
Standardized testing is a grueling part of the college admissions process that every college-bound student has to endure. The SAT and ACT are meant to aid colleges in their selection of students through the evaluation of test scores from all high school students. College Board is making chan…
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.
The review of Common Core State Standards, as applied to Indiana, has begun. It is a familiar battle, having been fought once before.
Recently, I was driving around with my daughter and we came across a high school. She asked me if that school was a “bad” school.
INDIANAPOLIS | The president of CTB/McGraw Hill, the company that administers the annual ISTEP+ standardized exams, repeatedly apologized to a panel of Indiana lawmakers Friday for technology problems that interrupted testing for thousands of Hoosier students.
INDIANAPOLIS | Three top executives from CTB/McGraw Hill, the company that administers the annual ISTEP+ standardized exams, are expected to explain to state lawmakers Friday why at least 78,269 Hoosier students experienced test interruptions in April and May.
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.
INDIANAPOLIS | The company that administers the annual ISTEP+ standardized test in Hoosier schools will be asked to explain why its online system repeatedly crashed during the April-May student exam period.
As the House Democratic members of the Education Committee, we are privileged to serve as the standard-bearer for new Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz.
In the wake of Tuesday's election, Democrat Glenda Ritz finds herself being put in charge of education reform in Indiana.
INDIANAPOLIS | State Superintendent Tony Bennett delivered a State of Education address Tuesday that sounded more like a campaign ad than an update on the status of Indiana's schools.
INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana's plan to rate schools using grades A-F is an inadequate measure of student learning and unfairly holds teachers and schools responsible for students' lives outside the classroom.
The recent Atlanta cheating scandal rocked educators across the country. With the pressure on in Indiana to improve ISTEP-Plus scores and graduation rates, parents wonder whether it could happen here.
The tragedy of education reform is that differentiating between education and academic achievement has been lost. Test results supplant realistic understandings and comprehensive educational goals.
Here's a troubling bit of educational data that deserves more attention than it's been getting from Indiana policymakers: The reading achievement gap between poor kids and their more affluent peers narrows during the school year and widens disproportionately during the summer.
INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mitch Daniels took a victory lap Saturday celebrating passage of his entire education agenda during the 2011 legislative session.
Some students in Northwest Indiana and across the state experienced minor glitches when they began online ISTEP-Plus testing Monday.
INDIANAPOLIS | Legislation linking Indiana teacher pay to student performance is on its way to Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels, who is expected to sign it into law.
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