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Education
10:32 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Indiana Students Improve on National Exam

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

Indiana fourth graders made significant gains in their performance on national tests designed to compare their reading and math skills with students across the nation. Federal education officials released the results of the exams Thursday.

From 2011 to this year, Indiana fourth graders average score on both the reading and math tests went up 5 points.  On the 500-point National Assessment of Educational Progress, that might not sound like much. But that’s a bigger jump than all but a handful of states. 

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Education
8:25 am
Thu November 15, 2012

What Early Education Advocates Are Saying About Mike Pence's Preschool Plan

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 11:24 am

Because Indiana is one of 11 states that doesn’t provide state money for preschool, community groups, philanthropic organizations and even local businesses have stepped in to fill the void.

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Education
11:58 am
Fri October 12, 2012

StateImpact Indiana: Stark Contrasts Define State Superintendent's Race

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 9:47 am

Indiana is in the middle of an education overhaul, but whether it continues could depend on the outcome of the state superintendent’s race.

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Education
8:18 am
Thu September 27, 2012

StateImpact Indiana: IREAD-3 creates anxiety for dyslexic students

For the second year in a row, Indiana third graders will have to pass a high stakes reading test or risk getting held back.

It’s a lot of pressure for 8 and 9 year olds, but for some struggling readers, the IREAD-3 is an even bigger source of anxiety.

That’s because the root cause of their difficulty is dyslexia, a learning disability. Most students with special needs can qualify for a good cause exemption that allows them to move onto fourth grade even if they don’t pass.

Education
3:08 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

StateImpact Indiana: How Career And Technical Education Is Changing In Indiana

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 9:00 am

It’s just after 2 o’clock on a Thursday afternoon. The sun is high in the sky, and the construction workers digging the foundation of a storage building at Columbus North High School’s new baseball field are about to call it a day.

But once they’re done, they’ll board a yellow bus and go back to school. That’s because the workers at this construction site are high school students.

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StateImpact Indiana
9:12 am
Thu August 30, 2012

StateImpact Indiana: Why Indiana's Private Schools May See A Shortage Of Space For Voucher Students

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 10:36 am

The Indiana Department of Education has issued more than 8,000 vouchers for students to attend private schools at the state’s expense. That’s twice as many as the IDOE issued last year, but only about half of the number available.

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