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StateImpact Indiana: Statewide test options explained

by Kyle Stokes and Elle Moxley

September 19, 2013

More Indiana students passed the statewide ISTEP test this year than last year.  But the statewide standardized test that rates students and schools – and is a big part of teacher evaluations – is going away.  It will have to be replaced or retooled to match expectations for what students should know and learn at... More »

A-F grading system rewrite panel begins work

by Brandon Smith

September 19, 2013

State Superintendent Glenda Ritz chaired the first meeting today of a panel charged with rewriting Indiana’s A to F school grading system. As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, the state’s school chief promised an open, transparent process.   More »

Indiana approves first underwater nature preserve

by Indiana Public Broadcasting

September 18, 2013

The Indiana Natural Resource Commission has approved the state’s first underwater nature preserve.  Near the shore of Indiana Dunes State Park and just 28 feet under the waters of Lake Michigan lies the remains of a ship called The JD Marshall, which sank in 1911.  The ship and the 100 acres surrounding it will now... More »

More Hoosier students passed ISTEP exams this year

by Stephanie Wiechmann and StateImpact Indiana

September 18, 2013

The Indiana Department of Education has released this year’s statewide exam scores.  Despite computer glitches that interrupted 16 percent of Hoosier students taking the ISTEP exam, the Department of Education says the state’s passing rate was up about two percentage points from last year.  Statewide, 73.5 percent of students passed both the math and English... More »

Community Health cuts 50 jobs from Kokomo hospital

by Stephanie Wiechmann

September 17, 2013

Indianapolis-based Community Health Network is the second hospital system this month to announce job cuts at regional hospitals.  As IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, the network will eliminate jobs at a Kokomo hospital. More »

State negotiating with federal government to expand Healthy Indiana Plan

by Brandon Smith

September 16, 2013

Indiana state officials say negotiations are underway with the federal government to expand the Healthy Indiana Plan to cover more Hoosiers.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports. More »

Legislator hopes to pass moped law in fourth try

by Brandon Smith

September 13, 2013

Columbus Republican Representative Milo Smith has been trying without luck for three sessions to pass legislation changing how mopeds are licensed and regulated in Indiana.  But as Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, Smith says increased attention to mopeds gives him hope the bill might pass next session. More »

Democrat Claytor announces run for State Auditor

by Brandon Smith

September 12, 2013

Democrat Mike Claytor says he will run for State Auditor, seeking to become the first CPA to hold the position.  But as Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, Republicans are questioning Claytor’s status as an Indiana resident. More »

IU Health cuts 100 jobs from Ball Memorial, 700 from other hospitals

by Stephanie Wiechmann

September 12, 2013

Indiana University Health announced today that it will cut 800 jobs from hospitals in Muncie, Tipton, and Indianapolis.  IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports. More »

Indiana Democrats want state pre-kindergarten program

by Brandon Smith

September 12, 2013

Indiana Senate Democrats are proposing the creation of pre-kindergarten programs in every public school.  Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane says high quality pre-K produces students who are more likely to graduate high school, earn a higher income, and own a home and less likely to require remediation or commit crimes.  Lanane unveiled his proposal four... More »

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