6:00 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Can A Test Show How Purdue Students Grow? And Is It Even Worth It?

Administrators want to institute a student growth test as soon as possible and feel a faculty committee studying the matter may be stalling.
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One of Mitch Daniels’ pushes as Purdue President has been to try to amass as much data as he can showing his school is, by a phalanx of empirical measures, a quality institution. And so, the man who instituted performance testing for K-12 teachers as Indiana governor now wants to implement a similar measure for college students.

“All we’re interested in, really, is how as a group Boilermakers are growing,” Daniels says.

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6:00 am
Mon March 2, 2015

As ISTEP Worries Rack Schools, Some Parents Opt Their Kids Out

Students taking the ISTEP on computers have regularly encountered problems with the test, which is used in a variety of school and teacher quality metrics.
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The road to this year’s ISTEP+ test has been bumpy.

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6:15 am
Fri February 27, 2015

ISTEP Kerfuffle Could Lead Lawmakers To Scrap It

There's no bipartisan support for starting from scratch with Indiana's standardized exams.
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The General Assembly passed the halfway mark of so-called “education session” this week, and so far state standardized testing has dominated much of the conversation. 

One bill that passed through the Senate during the first half of the session proposes doing away with the state-crafted ISTEP+, and perhaps moving toward using a national test.

With plenty of drama already over this year’s test – including timelines and test length – many see this as a common-sense idea.

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9:57 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Report: Teens Who Work More Likely To Go To College

The Health Science Education program through Harrison High School gives students high school and college credits, as well as the skills necessary to pass the state exam to become a licensed Certified Nursing Assistant.
Credit Kristin Malavenda/WBAA News

A recent survey from the Annie E. Casey Foundation indicates nearly a third of Indiana high schoolers are also employed.

The annual Kids Count report says students who have a job during their high school years are less likely to drop out and those who participate in programs that give them work experience are more likely to go to college.

Teacher Pat Greenan calls it “the best kept secret at Harrison High School.”

It’s the Interdisciplinary Cooperative Education program, which provides high school seniors work experience as part of their school day.

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5:22 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Higher Ed Commissioner Pushes Internships In Annual Address

This year's speech is Lubbers' third State of Higher Education address.
Credit courtesy State of Indiana

Indiana’s higher education commissioner says the state needs to focus on a more meaningful hands-on learning style if it wants more Hoosiers to take a chance on college. 

Indiana’s goal is to have 60-percent of Hoosiers complete a college degree or certificate by the year 2025.  And the state has a way to go.  It’s listed among the bottom 10 states when it comes to college completion.

In her “State of Higher Education” address, commissioner Teresa Lubbers says students want more practical experience from their courses. 

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