8 things you need to know about Indiana education
ALL GRADES AREN’T CREATED EQUAL: Turns out, state A-F grades aren’t as simple as lawmakers intended. Grades released last week sparked conversations about Indiana’s two-tiered system for measuring schools, which benefits innovation and new schools. Read more from Chalkbeat and WFYI.
COUNSELING: More than 50 schools and districts across the state have received grants to beef up their counseling programs. Find out who the winners are from Chalkbeat.
NOT SO FAST: Indiana was set to move forward with a creator for the ILEARN test, but a losing bidder called on the state to re-think the deal, pointing to a possible conflict of interest. Read more from Chalkbeat.
GRADUATION: An Indiana committee that is rethinking graduation requirements has released a draft plan — and things are looking a bit complicated. Read more about what they’re proposing for high schoolers from Chalkbeat, WFYI and the IndyStar.
DOUBLE DUTY: Indianapolis Public Schools is set to turn Arlington High School into a middle school in 2018, but it will continue to serve high-schoolers at night. Read more from the Indianapolis Recorder.
CASH-STRAPPED: Early enrollment numbers show Gary Public Schools’ enrollment has shrunk, which means its coffers have, too. That could spell trouble as the district, overseen by a state-appointed emergency manager, tries to lift itself out of debt. Read more from the NWI Times.
TEACHER SHORTAGE: Indiana has long been discussing how to find more teachers and keep them in the classroom — but a new teaching scholarship created as one strategy is missing the mark in some key areas. Read more from the IndyStar.