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August 4, 2014
Middle schools at center of IPS testing woes
For IPS, the annual release of ISTEP scores coincided with the first day of school, and the results prompted something of a reckoning of the state of the district’s offerings, both good and bad.
July 10, 2014
Another overhaul ahead for John Marshall High School
Superintendent Lewis Ferebee isn’t getting what he wants for John Marshall High School next year. The State Board of Education last month rejected his idea…
Politics & Policy
June 3, 2014
Questions remain as Indiana's NCLB deadline nears
Indiana now has less than a month to satisfy U.S. Department of Education concerns that have put it in jeopardy of facing federal sanctions, and…
May 15, 2014
Ferebee asks the state board to fire 'lead partners'
Indianapolis Public Schools asked the state Thursday to let it fire outside companies assigned to support three of its troubled high schools. Superintendent Lewis Ferebee argued IPS has its own plan and could do a better job raising test scores at George Washington, Broad Ripple and John Marshall high schools alone.
April 23, 2014
Ferebee asks: Where do middle school kids belong?
Since his arrival in Indianapolis seven months ago, IPS Superintendent Lewis Ferebee has expressed some concerns about the grade configuration and set up of the district's middle and high schools. He spoke about that in an interview with Chalkbeat's Bureau Chief Scott Elliott Monday night at the downtown public library sponsored by WFYI.
Teaching & Classroom
April 16, 2014
Reversing trend, fewer students who failed state tests graduated in 2013
For the first time in four years, Indiana saw a decline in the percentage of high school graduates who were given a pass after failing state-required tests. According to 2013 data released today by the Indiana Department of Education, 6.8 percent of graduating Indiana seniors received waivers, allowing them to graduate without passing state tests. That figure exceeded 9 percent in 2012, when lawmakers and critics of the practice first raised alarms.
April 3, 2014
Academic performance of all IPS schools: Find it here
For parents, students, teachers and others who want to be able to look up just how their schools are performing, and how they've been judged by the state, in one place here is the complete list of all IPS schools.
March 4, 2014
IPS, state watching low scoring schools
Last week Chalkbeat wrote about 11 schools, called “priority schools” by IPS, have been identified by Superintendent Lewis Ferebee as the most troubled because they have been rated an F two consecutive years or because their test scores have trended downward. Each will receive intensive intervention and monitoring from the district. But those are not the only schools the district wants to take a closer look at. Ferebee’s team has two other categories of schools it is tracking: focus schools and state priority schools.
February 27, 2014
These are the 11 IPS schools Ferebee is most worried about
IPS has many needs and lots of schools that Ferebee hopes to turn around. In fact, 38 of the district’s 65 schools are on getting at least some level of extra scrutiny from Ferebee and his administrative team as part of their school improvement effort. Even so, 11 IPS have been named “priority” schools because Ferebee considers them the most troubled. This is where the district is focusing its heaviest attention.
February 26, 2014
IPS board declines to renew contracts for several top administrators
The Indianapolis Public School Board tonight declined to renew the contracts of key department heads in the central office and four principals among 23 total administrators. The recommendation from Superintendent Lewis Ferebee, a late addition to the board’s agenda, will remove some well-known IPS officials from top supervisory posts.
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