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April 7, 2015
House committee saves ISTEP, calls for study of replacement options
A proposal to replace ISTEP with an off-the-shelf national test was derailed today as a House committee sent the idea to a summer committee for…
February 17, 2015
House moves to shorten ISTEP, broaden state board's testing role
An accelerated bill that would overhaul ISTEP to shorten the test got rolling quickly today, but the Indiana House isn’t stopping there. If all the…
February 3, 2015
Ritz's view: 'Freedom to teach' bill a 'Trojan horse' for charter school concept
Gov. Mike Pence and Republican lawmakers argue that Indiana teachers need more “freedom to teach,” and are pushing a bill that would create special schools, school districts or zones of schools to try new teaching strategies.
February 2, 2015
Senate committee approves bill removing Ritz as state board chairwoman
Today the Senate Rules Committee approved Senate Bill 1, its version of a bill that would eliminate the guarantee in state state law that the superintendent will be the board's leader, 7-4, split along party lines.
January 27, 2015
Lawmakers consider shifting Ritz's power to state board
The Indiana State Board of Education would get specific authority over testing, standards, student data, state takeovers, teacher evaluation and other functions that today are primarily managed by state Superintendent Glenda Ritz under a bill Indiana lawmakers considered today.
January 20, 2015
Overtesting concerns could derail bill's proposal for civics exam (updated)
The question of whether Indiana high school graduates should pass a civics test is running up against an emerging concern that Hoosier children are simply…
January 14, 2015
Required state reading test could move down to second grade
Hoosier children would begin taking standardized tests a year earlier — in second grade — under a bill the Senate Education Committee took up today.
February 18, 2014
After Common Core, questions loom about new standards and tests
If Indiana’s process to set new academic standards to replace Common Core are ready, as planned, on April 2, it will mark the beginning — not the end — of a difficult process of getting Hoosier students ready to take the state tests of the future. That’s what State Superintendent Glenda Ritz’s lobbyist, John Barnes, told legislators today as the House Education Committee considered Senate Bill 91, which would void Common Core standards by July 1.
January 27, 2014
Data security efforts raise concerns from Ritz allies
Quietly, three major education data bills are likely to make it though the House or Senate this week and should return in the second half of the legislative session starting next week. The proposals have unnerved teachers unions and testing critics, who fear the new processes they create could paradoxically result in new security concerns or even be used to undermine Ritz, the only Democrat holding a statewide office.
January 13, 2014
Lawmakers aim to lift cap on dropout charter schools
Charter schools that aim to help high school dropouts earn diplomas would be back in Indiana’s K-12 school funding formula and a cap on their…
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