A Message from Dr. McCormick 02/09/2018


Indiana Department of Education
Friday, February 9, 2018




Dear Educators:Dr. Jennifer McCormick

February is Career and Technical Education Month (CTE). Many of you have planned special activities celebrating the value of CTE and highlighting your successful students, staff, and programs. Please be sure to share your celebration tweets by tagging us with @EducateIN.

It was a pleasure to speak to the more than 100 educators serving on the Indiana Department of Education's ILEARN Blueprint Team. The power of collaboration is key to ensuring we are all working together for student success.


Dr. Jennifer McCormick 




Educators from across the state contributed to conversations this week to define the content priorities on the new ILEARN assessment in 2019. Resources including blueprints, item specifications, and sample items will be available beginning in May following the final ISTEP+ 3-8 assessment window. Follow this work using #IDOEILEARN and see current updates on our website

REMINDER! Grade 10 Winter Retest:

The Parent Portal has been temporarily deactivated during the rescore process. Updated scores will be posted February 26.

ISTAR Part 1 Window Closes Friday, February 16

The ISTAR Part 1 Window closes Friday, February 16. If you have any questions, please contact the ISTAR Helpdesk or 877-424-0322. 

Office of Workforce and STEM Alliances

Localized CTE Programs of Study/Pathways for Student Concentrator Status - Application Process

Please read this memo regarding Postsecondary-Ready Competencies related to the new graduation requirements.

Staffing Flexibility Opportunities

Please read this information concerning revisions to the high school section of the Assignment Code.

Register Now for  the Upcoming CTE Workshop

This February 15 workshop will focus on aligning CTE course offerings to workforce needs and harnessing sector partnerships to localize opportunities. Read about the workshop here. 

Office of School Finance

Information on the February 15 Tuition Support Payment Distribution

The Office of School Finance has updated the Form 54 Basic Grant Monthly Distribution payment detail in State Aid (Finance Application). Please read the following memorandum for an overview of the distribution.   

Title Grants and Support

Workplace Spanish Standards Public Review

Please read the following for important information concerning workplace Spanish standards.

Office of Educator Effectiveness 

Reminder: IDOE Job Bank Redirecting to Teachers-Teachers Site

Beginning Monday, February 12, www.doe.in.gov/jobbank will redirect to www.doe.in.gov/teachers-teachers. Please view additional information in this memo. 

Office of Special Education

Coffee Talk Series Continues

The Office of Special Education has released another video in the Coffee Talk series. In partnership with our Indiana IEP Resource Center, Project SUCCESS, and the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center, the latest video highlights key components of a measurable annual goal and how it aligns to grade-level standards.

Office of School and Community Nutrition

Sponsors Needed for 2018 Summer Food Service Program

Community partners are needed to assist in expanding the 2018 Summer Food Service Program. Read more about this important program here.

School Food Service Employee of the Year Award

The Office of School and Community Nutrition is accepting nominations through February 23 for the School Food Service Employee of the Year. You have the opportunity to publicly recognize employees who make outstanding contributions to school food service. For information on how to nominate a deserving school food service employee, please read this announcement and nomination form.  

Weekly Updates

View previous weekly updates from Dr. McCormick here

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