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Scores from ISTEP ready for parents of students

September 9, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Education released ISTEP scores Monday to the families of students, but is still working on tallies for schools and school districts.
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UPDATE: Review of A-F system finds no special treatment

September 6, 2013
Associated Press
A legislative review has found former Indiana state schools superintendent Tony Bennett changed the grade for a charter school as a matter of "quality control." The findings say the Christel House school in Indianapolis didn't receive special treatment.
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Panel to make recommendations for grading system

August 29, 2013
 The Statehouse File
State leaders have created another new education panel – this one to help develop an A-F grading system to replace one that has come under fire following accusations it was adjusted to help a specific school.
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ISTEP results delayed again; target now Sept. 9

August 27, 2013
Associated Press
The release of the results of ISTEP tests taken by Indiana students this spring is being delayed further.
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Pence says new agency to help students find work

August 23, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says he's creating a new state agency that will gear public education to better meet the needs of employers, a move that the state's top public education official said she was not consulted on.
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Youth camp suing to block planned hog farm

August 20, 2013
Associated Press
The action comes after the White County commissioners last month approved a zoning change to allow the hog facility about a half-mile from the 600-acre YMCA Camp Tecumseh.
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UPDATE: Indy schools seek records on state takeovers

August 15, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis Public Schools leaders filed a public records request Thursday seeking information on the 2011 takeover of four schools amid questions about the integrity of the state's A-F school grading formula.
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Indiana officials find school grading 'manipulation'

August 7, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana officials have found evidence of "manipulation" in the state's school grading formula as part of a review stemming from a grade-changing scandal.
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Indiana testing vendor having troubles in Oklahoma, too

August 6, 2013
Associated Press
CTB/McGraw-Hill, the second-largest educational testing service in the U.S., has apologized for computer issues that disrupted thousands of students' online tests in Oklahoma and Indiana in late April.
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Online schools face scrutiny over scores, growth

August 3, 2013
Associated Press
Hoosier Academies and Indiana Connections Academy are both sponsored by Ball State University. Neither school came close to the state average for ISTEP+ scores last year.
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Fate of Indiana school grading system uncertain

August 1, 2013
Associated Press
The American Federation of Teachers says Indiana should immediately suspend its A-F school grading system because of emails showing former schools chief Tony Bennett changed the grading formula to benefit a top GOP donor's school.
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Bennett resigns as Florida education chief after emails reveal grade fix

August 1, 2013
Associated Press
Florida's education commissioner resigned Thursday amid allegations that he changed the grade of a charter school run by a major Republican donor during his previous job as Indiana's school chief.
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ISTEP disruptions had no impact on scores, review finds

July 29, 2013
Associated Press
The report released Monday by the Indiana Department of Education shows nearly 143,000 students in grades three through eight had at least one part of their test interrupted when server glitches kicked them offline.
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Outside review of ISTEP glitches nears completion

July 9, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana parents could finally learn how their children did on the state's annual ISTEP+ exam after an outside review of testing glitches wraps up later this month.
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IPS taps Ferebee as district's next superintendent

July 1, 2013
J.K. Wall
The IPS board has chosen Lewis Ferebee from North Carolina to replace Eugene White, who led IPS for nearly eight years. The 39-year-old Ferebee has been chief of staff in the Durham Public Schools district, roughly the same size as IPS.
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Operators of takeover schools worry about funding

June 30, 2013
Associated Press
Private companies that were hired to run five Indiana schools taken over by the state for poor performance say they might not be able to continue because of funding concerns.
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IPS to lay off 109 workers, look for further cuts

June 26, 2013
J.K. Wall
The state’s second-largest public school district is continuing to look for further cost reductions in its operations and, down the road, in its buildings.
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District names three finalists for superintendent

June 25, 2013
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis Public Schools has narrowed its search for a superintendent to three out-of-state candidates who have never served as the top leader at a school district before.
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ISTEP firm faces third-degree from lawmakers, big damages

June 21, 2013
 IBJ Staff, Associated Press
Indiana's state superintendent announced Friday she is seeking at least $614,000 in damages from CTB/McGraw-Hill for ISTEP testing troubles as the company's president apologized to state lawmakers.
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Disparate Indiana pols agree ISTEP answers needed

June 16, 2013
Associated Press
A legislative panel studying why 78,000 test-takers were frozen out of the high-stakes exam test last month plans to meet Friday to hear from CTB/McGraw-Hill President Ellen Haley on what went wrong.
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Outside reviewer picked to study ISTEP troubles

June 10, 2013
Associated Press
An independent review of Indiana's ISTEP test results is under way one month after computer troubles disrupted test-taking for thousands of students this spring.
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Goodwill to open four more dropout recovery schools

June 6, 2013
J.K. Wall
But further expansion is on hold because of a state freeze on new adult-focused charter schools. Lawmakers are concerned the schools are siphoning funds from K-12 education.
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Indiana voucher program returns $5M to public schools

May 30, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Education announced Wednesday that $5 million is owed the state's schools because of savings achieved through school vouchers.
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Fort Wayne schools want 3rd party to review ISTEP

May 22, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's largest school district says it won't accept results of this year's standardized testing until an independent third party validates the scores.
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Lilly Endowment's $3.4M grant to bring more teachers to Indy

May 22, 2013
Mason King
Indianapolis-based education reform group The Mind Trust will use the grant to help support teacher recruitment and training programs such as Teach for America.
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