Standardized test scores

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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Indianapolis schools encounter more ISTEP glitches

May 13, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis students trying to complete standardized tests that already have been delayed by technical issues have encountered more problems.
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ISTEP testing continues after early-week problems

May 2, 2013
Associated Press
The state Department of Education has asked schools for a second straight day to reduce the number of students taking the test by half to avoid more problems.
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Indiana resumes ISTEP testing after 2 days of delays

May 1, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Education said the administration of the ISTEP+ exams' online portion resumed Wednesday morning, but schools are being asked to decrease their daily test load to 50 percent of normal levels until further notice.
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Indiana ISTEP testing to resume, but at half the test load

April 30, 2013
Associated Press
Required standardized tests for Indiana students will resume Wednesday after two days of computer glitches, but state officials asked schools to cut their normal test loads by half to avoid more problems.
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Schools face ISTEP+ problems for 2nd straight day

April 30, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
School districts trying to administer Indiana's required standardized test encountered new problems Tuesday that forced the state to suspend testing for a second straight day. The problems brought a hailstorm of complaints.
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Glitches halt online ISTEP testing for Indiana schools

April 30, 2013
Associated Press
School districts across the state suspended the first day of ISTEP+ online testing Monday because of computer issues. IPS is reporting more problems Tuesday.
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TV ads oppose review of Indiana school standards

March 5, 2013
Associated Press
An advocacy group that supports Indiana's charter schools program said Tuesday that it's starting an advertising campaign to fight efforts to end the state's use of national reading and math standards.
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Indiana bill to overturn school standards delayed

January 23, 2013
Associated Press
The chairman of the Indiana Senate's Education Committee says he's working on a compromise to a bill that would pull the state from the Common Core State Standards national education initiative.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Mind Trust CEO takes stock of IPS reform proposal

January 11, 2013
Mason King
LQ_David_Harris_mind_Trust_WatchVideoWhat exactly does The Mind Trust do? What happened to its report on remaking IPS? Do you need teaching experience to reform education? David Harris has answers.
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Indiana lawmakers seek decentralized school choices

January 2, 2013
Associated Press
Two Republican state senators announced Wednesday they will push measures to decentralize school leadership in Indiana and pull the state out of a national education initiative.
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Charter, voucher backers wary of schools chief RitzRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
J.K. Wall
During Republican Tony Bennett’s tenure as superintendent of public instruction, Indiana became the poster child for school choice. But with Bennett’s surprising election loss to Democrat Glenda Ritz this month, the future of charter schools and private-school vouchers is murkier.
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Judge backs mayor’s decision to revoke school’s charter

August 1, 2012
Scott Olson
The Project School in Indianapolis has lost a court battle to remain open after a judge denied an injunction challenging Mayor Greg Ballard's decision to revoke the school’s charter.
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Charter school lands more time in fight against closure

July 25, 2012
Scott Olson
The Project School was granted a court hearing and restraining order Tuesday in its fight against Mayor Greg Ballard's plan to revoke its charter. Ballard, though, emphasized his decision by issuing a "final notice of charter revocation."
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Private schools with vouchers saw slight drop in test scores

July 23, 2012
Associated Press
Private Indiana schools that accepted students from low- to middle-income families using state-funded vouchers last year experienced a small drop in their passing rates on the state's ISTEP test this year, a newspaper's analysis of test scores shows.
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Ballard moves to shut down The Project School

July 17, 2012
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard announced Tuesday evening that he intends to revoke the charter that gives The Project School the authority to operate. Ballard cited poor test scores and “recently discovered financial problems.”
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ISTEP+ gains come amid increasing accountability

July 10, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana students made improvements across the board on the state's standardized test this year amid a push for more school accountability and the first state takeovers of failing schools.
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Indiana students do slightly better on ISTEP tests

July 10, 2012
Associated Press
Scores released Tuesday by the state education department show that of the 500,000 students taking the standardized tests, 71 percent passed both the language arts and math sections. That's up one percentage point from last year.
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One teacher quits, 5 suspended in Indy district

June 29, 2012
Associated Press
An Indianapolis school district said Friday it suspended five teachers and another resigned amid an investigation into cheating on a state standardized biology exam at one of Indiana's largest high schools.
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Mind Trust awards $1M to two charters to expand school modelsRestricted Content

June 23, 2012
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based education reform group The Mind Trust will announce June 25 that it is awarding $1 million apiece to Indianapolis-based Christel House Academy and Boston-based Phalen Leadership Academies to launch new charter schools in Indianapolis.
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New standardized test could be tougher than ISTEP

March 29, 2012
Associated Press
State Superintendent Tony Bennett said the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, test in the 2014-2015 school year will be more difficult than the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress Plus exam.
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National, state SAT scores tumble as participation rises

September 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Average scores dropped in the United States and in Indiana, where a record number of students took the college-assessment test.
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Test scores, attitudes improving at Indianapolis magnet schoolRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Andrew Smith
High expectations set tone for Indianapolis Public School's Harshman Middle School overhaul.
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Indy Met's messy year offers education-reform lessonsRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
Francesca Jarosz, J.K. Wall
Indianapolis Metropolitan High School overhauled its academic program halfway through the school year, and students responded with significantly better performance on state tests. The lesson learned: Flexibility can produce academically superior outcomes.
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Charter school trying to build on test-score progressRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
Francesca Jarosz, J.K. Wall
Indy Met's structured approach helped more students pass algebra, English exams. Now many say the school should work on solidifying its gains.
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