Glenda Ritz http://nipr.fm en State Educators Could Have Trouble Finding New Textbooks http://nipr.fm/post/state-educators-could-have-trouble-finding-new-textbooks <p>State education officials are considering new academic standards to replace the Common Core in Indiana schools. But acquiring textbooks aligned to state-specific standards could be a challenge.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to a report from the Office of Management and Budget, a majority of Indiana school districts have already shelled out for new textbooks and curriculum aligned to Common Core. But new research suggests textbooks boasting alignment to the nationally-crafted standards may not conform to the new expectations after all.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:13:01 +0000 Elle Moxley 27296 at http://nipr.fm State Board Releases A-F Grades http://nipr.fm/post/state-board-releases-f-grades <p>The Indiana State Board of Education approved final A-F letter grades for Indiana schools Friday, even as one board member took a public stand against the rating system.</p><p></p><p>More than 800 Indiana public schools earned A’s this year, the most since the state started rating schools in 2005. Two-thirds of schools scored either an A or a B.</p><p></p><p>But State Board member Andrea Neal is convinced those grades have come at a cost. She says she’s worried schools aren’t offering arts and electives because they’re too focused on test scores.</p><p></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 21:07:50 +0000 Elle Moxley 24469 at http://nipr.fm Conflict Within The State Board Of Education May Delay Revising Education Standards http://nipr.fm/post/conflict-within-state-board-education-may-delay-revising-education-standards <p>Superintendent Glenda Ritz has been at odds with the rest of the State Board of Education for months, and now some Board members say they’re worried the ongoing dispute will delay important work revising Indiana’s academic standards.</p><p></p><p></p><p>When state lawmakers paused rollout of the Common Core in the spring, they gave the State Board of Education a July 1, 2014, deadline to revisit Indiana’s academic standards.</p><p></p> Sat, 07 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Virginia Alvino 23874 at http://nipr.fm Lawmakers Are Still Staying Out Of The Ritz Fight http://nipr.fm/post/lawmakers-are-still-staying-out-ritz-fight <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Legislative leaders say they are reluctant for the General Assembly to intervene in the fight between&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Superintendent Glenda Ritz and the State Board of Education. T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">hat’s despite a flare-up this week in the ongoing conflict.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Superintendent Ritz Wednesday accused Governor Pence’s new education agency of trying to oust her&nbsp;as chair of the State Board. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 23:15:33 +0000 Brandon Smith 23872 at http://nipr.fm Email from Pence's Education Agency Suggested Reducing Ritz's Power http://nipr.fm/post/email-pences-education-agency-suggested-reducing-ritzs-power <p>State Superintendent Glenda Ritz says emails from Governor Pence’s new education agency reveal an attempt to oust her as State Board of Education Chair. But Pence administration officials say that attempt is going nowhere.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 19:18:40 +0000 Brandon Smith 23800 at http://nipr.fm Email from Pence's Education Agency Suggested Reducing Ritz's Power State Board of Education Moving Forward Despite Tension http://nipr.fm/post/state-board-education-moving-forward-despite-tension <p>Members of Indiana’s Board of Education say they’re making progress on the state’s education goals despite ongoing tension between state superintendent Glenda Ritz and the 10 other board members. The board met Tuesday to outline some of those goals.</p><p></p><p>Superintendent Ritz walked out of a state board meeting three weeks ago. Today’s session was much calmer as members talked about the goals they want to take to education stakeholders for review next year.</p><p></p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 19:37:41 +0000 Elle Moxley 23752 at http://nipr.fm State Board of Education Moving Forward Despite Tension WBOI News Review for Friday, Oct. 25 http://nipr.fm/post/wboi-news-review-friday-oct-25 <p>Each week, WBOI's Sean Bueter sits down with Bob Caylor from the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel and Dan Stockman from the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette to look back at the biggest metro and statewide stories of the week.</p><p>This week: Superintendent Glenda Ritz sues the State Board of Education; the City of Fort Wayne has a new budget; new Legacy projects are up for consideration soon; and the region loses one of its most successful entrepreneurs.</p><p></p><p><em>Dan Stockman and Bob Caylor join WBOI's Sean Bueter each week from the Fort Wayne Newspapers building.</em></p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 19:27:56 +0000 Sean Bueter 22118 at http://nipr.fm Ritz Files Suit Against Board of Education http://nipr.fm/post/ritz-files-suit-against-board-education <p>State superintendent Glenda Ritz&nbsp;has raised the stakes of her showdown with Indiana’s top education panel, naming all ten members of the State Board of Education as defendants in a lawsuit she filed Tuesday in Marion County Circuit Court. Ritz thinks the board has violated the state’s Open Door law.</p><p></p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 18:21:10 +0000 Elle Moxley 22008 at http://nipr.fm Ritz Files Suit Against Board of Education Expert: Interruptions Didn't Affect ISTEP Scores http://nipr.fm/post/expert-interruptions-didnt-affect-istep-scores <p>The widespread disruptions to Indiana’s online standardized tests last April, on average, did not hurt students’ final ISTEP+ scores.&nbsp; That’s the conclusion a New Hampshire-based testing expert reported to lawmakers Monday.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State education officials hired the Center for Assessment’s Richard Hill six weeks ago to comb through the data of more than 495,000 </span>ISTEP<span style="line-height: 1.5;">+ exams.</span></p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 15:36:18 +0000 Kyle Stokes 18299 at http://nipr.fm Expert: Interruptions Didn't Affect ISTEP Scores Education officials approve licensing changes http://nipr.fm/post/education-officials-approve-licensing-changes <p>A state panel has voted to make it easier for non-education majors who earn Bachelor’s degrees to get teaching jobs.&nbsp; That’s one part of a broad package of changes to Indiana’s rules for teacher licensing the State Board of Education approved Wednesday. But opponents fear the new standards sets the bar too low.</p><p>The State Board’s final 9-2 vote ends months of debate on the proposal known as “REPA II.”&nbsp; State education officials say the new guidelines give schools more flexibility in the teacher hiring process.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 19:43:42 +0000 Kyle Stokes 7672 at http://nipr.fm