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State Board of Education Approves 2014-15 School Corporation Grades
Updated February 4, 2016 9:24 AM | Filed under: Education
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - The Indiana State Board of Education approved 2014-15 school corporation accountability grades during its regular business meeting.

The grades approved by the Board reflect changes enacted by the Indiana General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Mike Pence to ensure that no school or school corporation is penalized by lower ISTEP+ scores during the state's transition to more rigorous college and career ready academic standards.

The 2014-15 school corporation grades approved by the State Board by a unanimous vote (11-0).

In other action, the Board voted to hold public hearings later this year in the four schools that are entering their fifth year of state intervention. State law requires the Board to hold hearings and determine whether to return the school to its district, transition school to a charter school, continue current intervention activities, or implement a new intervention strategy. The Board also voted to establish quality review teams to visit schools that received a fourth consecutive "F" accountability grade for the 2014-15 school year and hold public hearings at schools receiving a fifth "F" grade, as required by law.

At the request of Superintendent Ritz, the Board removed from its agenda consideration of proposed growth tables to be used in the calculation of the 2015-16 accountability grades. The delay is being sought to provide the Department of Education additional time to refine its proposals. Superintendent Ritz said she is considering the scheduling of a special meeting in February to consider those proposed tables.

The Board moved the March regular business meeting to Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. (EST) in Conference Room B of the Indiana Government Center South.

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