Education news

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One thing became clear during the first meeting of the panel tasked with rewriting the ISTEP, Indiana’s standardized school assessment test.

Change will come slowly because there’s so much work to do.

And one legislator says the state may need to bring back the ISTEP to allow enough time to develop a good alternative.

The 23-member committee created by the 2016 Indiana General Assembly met for the first time on Tuesday.

The group has a December 1, 2016 deadline to evaluate different tests and recommend a replacement test.  

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The trustees of Ivy Tech Community College unanimously voted Wednesday to hire former Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann as the college’s ninth president.

She says the school’s biggest challenges are aligning its offerings with the needs of the Indiana's employers and improving low graduation rates.

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Undocumented students in Indiana can apply for a privately funded scholarship to attend college in Delaware or Connecticut. is a privately-funded scholarship organization that helps undocumented students fund their college education.

According to the Indiana Latino Institute, an estimated 300-400 undocumented students graduate from Indiana high schools each year.

Indiana is one of the many states that charge undocumented students out-of-state college tuition.

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Top agronomists at Purdue University will be part of a new nationwide higher education task force on food security.

The Association of Public and Land Grant Universities is putting together the 31-member commission, which aims to ensure that the world's rapidly growing population has enough to eat.

It was funded by the Kellogg Foundation to devise research and public education ideas for improving food access and nutrition by 2050, when the global population is set to hit 9 billion.

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A new directive to schools from the Obama Administration to accommodate transgender students isn't actually all that new.

Indiana School Boards Association attorney Lisa Tanselle says the government told schools two years ago to honor the bathroom and locker room preferences of transgender students.

She says Friday's letter to schools advises them to edit student records to reflect gender identity, and adds guidance for accommodations on overnight trips, but otherwise essentially reaffirms the stance that transgender students are covered by sex discrimination laws.

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A report out this week finds improvement for the number of Indiana high school graduates ready for college. However, the state Commission for Higher Education says the achievement gap for poor and minority students persists.

The commission's annual Indiana College Readiness report found 82 percent of Hoosier students who enrolled in college in 2014 were prepared for coursework -- an improvement of five percentage points.


The 22-member panel tasked with developing a new standardized assessment test to replace the ISTEP will begin meeting soon.

Lawmakers mandated the ISTEP rewrite during the 2016 legislative session.

The panel has the ability to change the format of the test, the school accountability measures, and how often and when it can be administered.

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    Fifty-five schools – 2.6 percent of the schools in the state - earned an accountability grade of F last year, according to the Indiana Department of Education.

And many of those failing schools struggle to climb out of the failing category.

But an elementary school in Evansville jumped straight from F to A. 

Meet The People Who Decide The Future Of School Testing

Apr 29, 2016

The panel that will decide the future of Indiana standardized testing is now complete, officials announced Friday.


Gov. Mike Pence and House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) separately announced appointments to the panel that will recommend a replacement for Indiana’s current standardized test, the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus or ISTEP+. 

The announcements follow appointments earlier this week from other state officials.

 Teaching can be a challenging profession, a job that’s hard to leave behind at the end of the school day.

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Claire McInerny is following a group of first year teachers.

In this report, she catches up with one of them as he works to balance his personal and professional life.