A Message from Dr. McCormick 1/12/2018


Indiana Department of Education
Friday, January 12, 2018




Dr. Jennifer McCormick

Dear Educators:

This week marked our first year in office. I appreciate your voices, the role you are playing with our students, and your support. Thank you so much.

We want to thank all of those who gave input on the development of Indiana’s ESSA plan. Our state plan was recently recognized as one of the top ten in the nation.

On Wednesday, the State Board of Education met and we covered many important areas. Please continue to communicate with the Department, as your input, insight, and inspiring stories are needed and appreciated.


Dr. Jennifer McCormic


Organizational Changes Announced

Please see the attached memo regarding the Department's reorganized staffing assignments. 

IMPORTANT! Sign Up Now for Roadshow Update: “Accountability, Assessment, and CTE”

The postponed December Assessment and Accountability Roadshow has been rescheduled to include important CTE information. Please register to attend one of these opportunities. This information is timely as districts prepare for graduation pathway transitions.  

Graduation Rates Released

Indiana Code requires state graduation rates to be published annually no later than January 15th. The Department has completed all graduation rate audit reviews, and considers all data to be final at this time. These final 2017 four-year graduation rates will be made public today to meet the statutory deadline. Schools can view their final 2017 four-year graduation rates on Learning Connection, or access the statewide data here. Please email School Accountability with any questions


This memo is a reminder to any school district, non-public school, or contractor that has a presence in DOE Online (School Traffic Safety section) and transports students, that some form of seat belt instruction and a bus evacuation drill are to be done at least once a semester. Additionally, this is a reminder that completed seat belt instruction and bus evacuation drills are to be reported in DOE Online.

Fall 2017-2018 Public Corporation Transfer Report

Please read the following information concerning the Fall 2017-2018 Transfer Report.


Metametrics Interest Survey

The Department requests feedback for interest in an opportunity to provide Lexile and Quantile scores through the ILEARN assessments. Please provide feedback regarding what data your corporation would be interested in receiving and possible participation in additional research by completing this survey by noon, January 19.

Formative Assessment Grant Update for 2018-2019

The Department adjusted the timeline for the 2018-2019 Formative Assessment Grant in response to schools’ feedback to receive Formative Assessment Grant funds earlier in the school year. The 2018-2019 Formative Assessment Grant Overview and other grant documentation can be accessed on our website.

ISTAR Part 1 Window Opens Monday

The ISTAR Test Window is January 15 – February 16. 

If you have any questions, contact the ISTAR Helpdesk or call (877) 424-0322.

The WIDA ACCESS Test Window is Open

The WIDA ACCESS Test Window is open until February 23. If you have any questions, contact the DRC Customer Service or call (855) 787-9615. 

Office of Special Education

The Office of Special Education has released its fourth video in the Short Share TIPS series. In partnership with our PATINS Project resource center, we invite you to use and share this video. The newest video discusses classroom level data.

2018 Summer School Program

Please see this memo regarding 2018 Summer School Program.

ADM Count Due February 1

Please see this memo for further information regarding the required ADM count.

January 2018 Tuition Support Payment 

Please see this memo regarding the January 2018 Tuition Support Payment. 

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