A Message from Dr. McCormick 03/02/2018


Indiana Department of Education
Friday, March 2, 2018




Dear Educators:

Dr. Jennifer McCormick

Youth Art Month, Music in Our Schools Month, and National Reading Month all take place in March. Please share your celebration pictures and stories through our Twitter and Facebook social media accounts.

We are excited to remind those of you in the field about two STEM opportunities. Please review the information shared below and take advantage of these great resources if you can.

Thank you for all you do on behalf of our students!


Jennifer McCormick




Office of School Accountability

Additional Guidance on Waivers from 180 Instructional Days

Due to the extreme weather conditions in many parts of Indiana, the Instructional Day Waiver Policy has been updated for the remainder of the 2017-2018 school year. School corporations are expected to make up the first five canceled days using their pre-planned make-up days. After the fifth canceled day, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) will waive one day for every two additional canceled days. After the fifth canceled day, school corporations will receive waivers for odd numbered cancellations, e.g., canceled days 7, 9, 11, etc. Corporations are still expected to make up all days not waived pursuant to IC 20-30-2-4. As an example, a school corporation that has canceled five days and then needs to cancel two additional days (sixth and seventh days) would need to submit all cancellations and make-up days using the form below. The seventh day would be waived with no make-up required. Steps for documenting this waiver are detailed below. 

To document cancellations, make-up days, and waived days, corporations must submit all waiver requests and list all cancelled days and corresponding make-up days. For days where a waiver is requested, please indicate the “make-up day” as the same as the cancelled day. Once the request has been processed and the waiver days have been added to the IDOE Online Calendar application, the superintendent will receive an email confirming the waiver days. Please send all questions here 

Office of Student Assessment

NEW! Updated Guidance for Discarding Test Materials (IREAD-3 TAM)

Our office has updated the guidance schools should use when discarding copies of the secure IREAD-3 TAM after spring and summer testing. A copy of this guidance is also in the Test Coordinator Corner in Learning Connection. Please share this information with schools in your corporation and direct any questions to our office.

Flooding Issues

The Department recognizes challenges with some school corporations due to flooding. If you need assistance with your assessment window due to these weather-related challenges, please contact our office for guidance. 

ILEARN Blueprints

The Department recently conducted blueprint meetings involving about 100 educators, both content and accessibility, to formalize content priorities for the ILEARN assessment in 2019. This video summarizes educator representation at the meetings. We value educator voices as we build the new assessment. ILEARN resources will be released beginning May 15, 2018.  

Office of Educator Effectiveness 

Information for Dual Credit Teachers

Additional funding is available to help teachers meet new dual credit teaching requirements. Please see more information here.

Office of School Finance 

Indirect Costs 

The Office of School Finance will accept FY 2019 Indirect Cost Rate Applications through June 30. Please read the attached memo for details. If you have questions, please email Sarah Henry.

ESSA Form 9 Guidance

Please see the attached information regarding ESSA Form 9 guidance on the timing and process for coding Form 9 financial data beginning July 1. This resource provides Indiana Local Education Agencies with an overview of state and federal reporting requirements for school building level data. If you have any questions, please email either Melissa Ambre, LaTrice Akers, or Amy Pattison.

Summer School

The submission deadline for the Summer School Estimated Instructional Costs Report and List of Courses is March 30. Please read this memo for details. If you have questions, please email Kathryn Roth.  

Fall 2018 Membership Estimate

This month, the Office of School Finance will collect an estimate of the fall 2018 membership count from each public school and charter school. Officials will submit the fall membership estimate March 7 – 28 in the School Finance Application Center. Additional information is available here. Please email Melissa Ambre with any questions. 

Office of Workforce and STEM Alliances

2018 CTE Summer Expansion Grant

The Indiana Department of Education has announced the 2018 CTE Summer Expansion Grant. Read here for additional information.

Offices of School Improvement and Title Grants and Support

The divisions of School Improvement and Title Grants and Support are pleased to offer a non-competitive grant opportunity to current Title I served F schools. This grant will support a systems-based approach to school improvement. Please see this memo and application for more information. An introductory webinar about this opportunity will be provided March 7 at 11 a.m. EST. 

Weekly Updates

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