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May 16, 2016
Bottom ranked township schools saw big drops on ISTEP exam
Students at the lowest scoring township and small city schools in Marion County struggled mightily with the tough new ISTEP exam. The merged city of…
October 13, 2015
Fast-growing religious alternative schools hit a speed bump with IPS
The Crossing is a network of 28 accredited private Christian schools that cater specifically to students who struggled at other schools, were expelled or dropped out.
September 21, 2015
The changing face of Indianapolis reflected by school enrollment data
And with every annual enrollment count, the subtle changes that are reshaping Indianapolis schools become a bit more pronounced.
September 15, 2015
Top scoring township and small city schools tend to serve wealthier children
Only three of the top 10 Marion County public schools when it came to passing ISTEP in 2014, excluding IPS and charter schools, served a large share of high-poverty kids.
August 31, 2015
Teacher pay is a big issue beyond IPS, education leaders say
Two panels of educators that met last week hosted by The Mind Trust and the West Side Chamber of Commerce discussed teacher pay last week.
August 18, 2015
Decatur Township finds support from community center, school partnerships
The district has embraced the "community schools" concept, where relationships with community organizations help feed, clothe and give back to local schools.
July 21, 2015
Once fast-growing, Homegrown Summer Advantage dwindles to 160 Indianapolis students
Despite what supporters say is a strong track record of success, the once fast-growing program is now fading fast from Indiana. So what happened?
July 14, 2015
The basics of township schools: Successes and challenges are often overlooked
Eight township school districts in Indianapolis serve about three-fourths of the city's students.
July 7, 2015
Budget woes cost Indianapolis its last Challenger Center
Decatur’s center is the second in Indianapolis to close, leaving the city without a Challenger Center. The nearest now requires a two and a half hour drive to Hammond.
September 19, 2014
Teachers tackle new standards but worry about tests
The four-month standards debate didn’t end until Gov. Mike Pence and state Superintendent Glenda Ritz, political foes in most education debates, jointly endorsed new standards and pushed them them through two state boards last April. That left teachers just more than three months to learn the standards, alter their lessons and prepare for big accompanying changes to the state’s ISTEP test that will affect all students in grades 3 to 8.
April 7, 2014
New evaluation system gives few Indiana teachers low grades
Nearly all rated educators were classified in the top two categories as effective or highly effective: a whopping 97 percent. That’s not exactly what state had in mind, leaving some leaders scratching their heads.
April 7, 2014
IPS rates just five teachers ineffective
Does it seem plausible that one school in Lawrence Township, a B-rated school in fact, has more ineffective teachers than all of Indianapolis Public Schools, where more than half the schools were rated D and F last year? Because that’s what data released today by the state shows.
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