Education news

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More Hoosiers are now completing college in a timely fashion, according to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

But black and Hispanic students are still far less likely than white students to graduate on time.

About two-thirds of Indiana students now receive a bachelor’s degree within six years. 

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The panel creating the framework for a new state assessment is now considering a different timeline for the new test.

The 2015 General Assembly created the panel of educators, legislators and business leaders to create a list of recommendations for how to overhaul the state’s assessment taken in third through eighth grade, as well as one year in high school.

The law says the panel must have its recommendations in by December, but that may be revised.

Testing expert Ed Roeber consulted with Indiana when legislators left Common Core and made a new state assessment.

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The Indiana Republican Party will choose its replacement for Mike Pence on the gubernatorial ticket in a little more than a week. 

Once Mike Pence withdrew his name from the ballot so he could run on Donald Trump’s ticket, three key figures in Indiana politics wasted no time formally announcing their intention to seek the GOP nomination for governor.

Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb and U.S. Representatives Susan Brooks and Todd Rokita pulled their names from their own races within hours. 

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Indiana’s schools are seeing increased enrollment in the number of English learners, pushing many schools and communities to adapt to the growing population.


2015 ISTEP scores were supposed to be posted online for parents to see Thursday, but an executive from the company scoring the test now says that will be pushed back until Tuesday.

Pearson, the company that created and scores the ISTEP, wrote a letter saying it’s taking longer than expected to final check the scores and ensure quality control. Parents will be able to view their child’s score Tuesday.

This is the first year Pearson is scoring the assessment. Once the initial scores are posted Tuesday, parents have until August 12 to submit for a rescore. ​

Task Force Considers How Better To Screen New School Staffers

Jul 5, 2016
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Indiana’s largest teachers’ union says legislators should look at all school staff as they take steps to reduce sexual misconduct in schools.

The legislature created the committee after a recent string of high-profile sexual misconduct cases involving school staff. Indiana State Teacher’s Association President Teresa Meredith says she hopes it will study how predators enter schools.

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Ivy Tech’s Board of Trustees has approved the contract for its new president -- former Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann.

The contract between Ellspermann and Ivy Tech is for three years. During that first year, Ellspermann will receive an annual base salary of $300,000.

She could be paid more but not less during the next two years. She is also eligible for an annual performance based bonus that can't not exceed $100,000, in addition to other perks and reimbursements.

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As enrollment drops in the state’s rural schools, educators are left with a big challenge – find money to teach the kids who remain.

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Peter Balonon-Rosen takes us back to a small northern Indiana school district where administrators spent the final day of the academic year scrambling to figure out how they will manage when classes resume in the fall.    

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A new report from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce shows school superintendents and principals have favorable views of school counselors.

But those same officials say they can’t always hire counselors when students need them.

School counselors help students improve their academics, address emotional needs and prepare for college and careers … but they aren’t always there.

IU, Purdue Applaud SCOTUS Affirmative Action Ruling

Jun 23, 2016
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Indiana universities applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the University of Texas’ affirmative action policies. The 4-3 ruling maintains affirmative action policies already at Indiana colleges.  

At stake was whether the University of Texas could consider race as one of several factors for acceptance.

Abigail Fisher sued the university after being denied admission … claiming she was discriminated against because she’s white. She says other, less qualified students were admitted because of affirmative action.