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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. 

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As the May 3 Indiana primary approaches, ten school districts across the state are asking voters to raise taxes to fund school projects.

In November 2008, Indiana’s public school districts began posing more and more school funding questions to their communities on the ballot – should taxes be raised to fund a certain construction project or boost the district’s general fund? If a referendum passes, the property taxes increase by a specified amount for a specific period of time. They were rare before the property tax cap. Since November 2008, there have been 128.

Vincennes University


Vincennes University is teaming up with Indiana manufacturers to recruit more women into tech and engineering jobs.


The public school will sponsor 46 women to live in a dedicated dorm while pursuing two-year science, technology, engineering or math degrees next fall.


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During the fourth State of Higher Education address Wednesday, Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers focused on increasing the value of higher ed in Indiana, and says the commission can  work to ensure college and credential programs lead students to jobs.

To do this, Lubbers says universities must partner with employers to provide internship opportunities for students.