Education news

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The State Board of Education thinks there are serious consequences to the latest problems in grading the ISTEP exam, and is even considering taking legal action against the test’s maker, even though it’s unclear how successful such action would be.

Last month, the makers of the ISTEP-plus exam, CTB, announced grading the assessment would take longer than anticipated, thanks to the time needed to take to correct certain answers originally marked as incorrect on select open-ended questions.

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By many accounts, Purdue doesn’t compare well with its Big 10 peers when it comes to underrepresented minority student enrollment and success. During the Spring 2015 semester, African American, Pacific Islander, Native American, Hispanic and multi-racial students made up only 11.5-percent of the school’s student body.

According to census data, those same groups, minus those who identify as multi-racial, comprise more than 18-percent of the state’s total population.

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Think about the teachers you had as a kid. How many of them had been teaching for more than 10 years, 20 years, even 30 years? Quite a few probably, because that’s how the profession used to work. But in the last 10 years, that’s changed, with 40- to 50-percent of new teachers not making it past their fifth year.

So what is it like to be a new teacher? What happens in classrooms that cause half of new teachers to leave and what makes the other half stay?

Rose-Hulman Sets Record Number Of Female Students

Aug 28, 2015
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Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology says the 20th anniversary of co-education at the school is being marked by a record number of female students this year.

Rose-Hulman says this year's incoming freshman class has 133 female students, which is a school record and represents one-quarter of the class.

Vice President For Enrollment Management and Strategic communications James Goecker says the school is increasing diversity in its student body, "with 30 percent of the 2015-16 freshman class of 547 being non-Caucasian, non-American citizen."

Possible Solutions To Indiana Teacher Shortage Differ

Aug 24, 2015
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By now you’ve likely heard this headline: Indiana – like many other states across the country – is facing a teacher shortage.

The number of first-year educators granted a state license dropped by 25-percent last year. For the most part, people agree this drop could represent a troubling trend.

Where they tend to disagree is in what part of a teacher’s career they want to employ a solution. 

Purdue University

University officials at Indiana University and Purdue say they plan to continue working together despite IU’s plan to offer engineering degrees.

Historically, Purdue University has offered engineering programs while IU has focused on business and the liberal arts.

But the Indiana Commission for Higher Education unanimously approved Thursday an IU proposal to create a program called ‘intelligent systems engineering.’

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The hunger for preschool across Indiana continues to grow, fueled by initiatives like the state’s On My Way Pre-K pilot program and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s Indy Preschool Scholarship Program. 

Both initiatives are targeted toward low-income families. Momentum is so great that programs are popping up in places you might not otherwise expect them – like the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

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Rossville students will attend a homeroom period this school year to learn about technological responsibility. Schools have also added three technology-centered courses.

The class addition came as part of Rossville Consolidated Schools’ technology program. New computers and tablets for K-12 students are to be distributed later this month. Teachers were required to attend training with the new computers this summer.

Superintendent James Hanna says the program aims to prepare students for a changing technological workplace.

Steve Burns / Indiana Public Broadcasting

After informing the Department of Education this week that there are issues with scoring this year’s ISTEP test, the president of testing company CTB attended Wednesday’s State Board of Education meeting to explain why.

The scoring issues will mean a delay in receiving student scores and school accountability grades.

Indiana Schools Hope Iran Nuclear Deal Helps Their Programs

Aug 4, 2015
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While Congress debates the proposed nuclear agreement between the US and Iran, some officials at Indiana universities are working to strengthen ties with the Middle Eastern country for the future benefit of students. 

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, Iran was sending more than 50,000 students a year to American universities before that country’s 1979 revolution. 

Now, there are about 10,000 a year -- including at universities like Ball State in Muncie.

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Data released by the U.S. Department of Education shows Hoosier students have one of highest default rates on their loans of students anywhere in the country.

On average, 15-percent of Indiana students -- those at four-year, public, private and for-profit schools -- couldn’t pay back their loans after three years. Indiana is tied with Iowa for the third highest default rate in the country.

The average graduation rate here is 57-percent -- just above the national average.

Ivy Tech

The Indiana General Assembly allocated nearly $2 billion for the state’s colleges in this year's budget – including money for new building projects. The only institution that didn’t receive funding for one of those projects is Ivy Tech Community College.    

​Senator Luke Kenley (R-Noblesville) was one of the architects of that $31 billion budget Gov. Mike Pence signed into law. As he was reviewing requests from the state’s colleges for more than $761 million in capital projects, there was a phone call.

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Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Lewis Ferebee and two other administrators are at the White House today for a conversation on school discipline. Reducing suspension and expulsions rates is a priority of the Obama administration.

In the past year at IPS, student suspensions, expulsions and arrests have been dramatically cut.

The reason? The district is focusing more on helping students understand and control why they act out instead of kicking them out of school.

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Indiana’s new A-to-F school letter grade model was given final approval Friday when Attorney General Greg Zoeller and others signed off on its use during the 2015-16 school year.

For the past two years Governor Mike Pence, Superintendent Glenda Ritz and others debated how to change the formula that calculates whether a school earns an A-to-F grade for student academics.

Current grades are based mostly on ISTEP pass rates. Now student performance and student test score improvement will be weighed equally in calculating a school’s grade.

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State Superintendent Glenda Ritz says her gubernatorial campaign did not accept any financial contributions during the 2015 session of the Indiana General Assembly. 

Campaign finance laws state that the legislative session constitutes a “blackout” period, during which a candidate is not allowed to solicit donations.

Documents submitted on behalf of Ritz’s campaign showed 28 donations received between January 6 and February 23. The superintendent says this was a clerical error and that her team is working to correct it and submit an amended form.