Education Reform

Testing Reform - IBJ examines the education reform movement in Indiana from the perspective of educators and students at the charter Indianapolis Metropolitan High School as well as thorugh the eyes of state lawmakers.

Part 6: Lessons learned

Indy Met's year a harbinger of things to come?

Students did better on state tests after the charter school overhauled its academic program mid-year, showing flexibility can produce academically superior outcomes.

Charter school tries to build on progress

Part 5: Staying in touch

High schools still track students after graduation June 11

Part 2: Different perspectives

Legislators play politics February 26

Dual roles, unusual view February 26

School Stats

How students in Indiana's 62 charter schools compare with children in other public schools.





Percentage of students who qualified for free or reduced-price lunch in fall 2010

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End-of-course assessment

Percentage of students who passed graduation-qualifying exam in 2010

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ISTEP(2) pass rates

Grades 3-8

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Four-year graduation rates in 2010

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Ethnicity in fall 2010






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(1) does not include charter schools (2) Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress

Sources: Indiana Department of Education

Indiana vs. the nation

Growth on math tests by charter-school students compared with their demographic and academic peers at traditional public schools in the same state or region





16 other states or regions*

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significantly worse growth

same growth

significantly better growth


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*Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Chicago, Denver and Washington, D.C.

Source: Stanford University