Indiana seeing education progress despite lean times

Indiana's top school official says more students are graduating high school and many schools have closed the achievement
gap between white students and their black peers despite lean funding.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett says the approach is the result of smart choices that put students first.

Bennett touted the improvements during his first State of Education address Monday.

He attributes some of the progress to adopting Common Core State Standards, revamping teacher licensing rules and changing
the way schools and teachers are evaluated. Indiana schools will receive grades of A to F starting next year instead of being
listed as meeting academic progress or being on probation.

Bennett says there's work still to be done, and he has enlisted top teachers for the state's first Education Reform
Cabinet.

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