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YOUNG VOICES: ACT, SAT, what's in it for me?

YOUNG VOICES: ACT, SAT, what's in it for me?

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…

April 21, 2014 12:00 am

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

EDITORIAL: Remember reason for Common Core standards

The review of Common Core State Standards, as applied to Indiana, has begun. It is a familiar battle, having been fought once before.

August 19, 2013 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Good schools are more than just test scores

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Good schools are more than just test scores

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.

June 23, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Test company president apologizes for ISTEP+ interruptions

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.

June 21, 2013 7:30 pm
ISTEP+ vendor to tell lawmakers what went wrong

ISTEP+ vendor to tell lawmakers what went wrong

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.

June 20, 2013 7:00 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
Lawmakers want answers from ISTEP+ test vendor

Lawmakers want answers from ISTEP+ test vendor

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.

May 23, 2013 1:00 pm Related

GUEST COMMENTARY: Dems' views on education merit consideration

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.

January 24, 2013 12:00 am
EDITORIAL: Ritz should tweak reforms, not jettison them

EDITORIAL: Ritz should tweak reforms, not jettison them

In the wake of Tuesday's election, Democrat Glenda Ritz finds herself being put in charge of education reform in Indiana.

November 08, 2012 12:00 am
Bennett campaigns for better schools, second term

Bennett campaigns for better schools, second term

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.

September 25, 2012 7:00 pm Related
M'ville superintendent rips state plan to grade schools

M'ville superintendent rips state plan to grade 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.

June 15, 2012 4:30 pm Related

In wake of Atlanta scandal, educators talk about teaching to the test

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.

August 09, 2011 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: Education reform threatens to undermine learning

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.

July 03, 2011 12:00 am

ANDREA NEAL: Summer reading, done right, can boost skills

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.

June 22, 2011 12:00 am
Daniels signs teacher merit pay into law

Daniels signs teacher merit pay into law

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mitch Daniels took a victory lap Saturday celebrating passage of his entire education agenda during the 2011 legislative session.

April 30, 2011 12:15 pm Related

Students experience minor glitch with online ISTEP-Plus testing

Some students in Northwest Indiana and across the state experienced minor glitches when they began online ISTEP-Plus testing Monday.

April 26, 2011 7:00 pm

Teacher merit pay plan headed to governor

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.

April 25, 2011 4:30 pm

GUEST COMMENTARY: Legislators must reconsider changes to public education

I am a little concerned by some of the legislation being considered in Indiana. I understand the need to be fiscally responsible and the desire to improve our schools, but many of these changes are misguided and downright harmful to our children:

March 19, 2011 12:00 am
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