A Message from Dr. McCormick 03/10/2018


Indiana Department of Education
Friday, March 9, 2018





Dr. Jennifer McCormick

Dear Educators,

Thank you to our school social workers for all you do for our children, their families, and our school communities. This group of hard-working individuals has been recognized throughout the week for their service.

Please be sure to read about the exciting summer STEM summit being held in June. This is a wonderful opportunity and I encourage you to check it out.

As always, thank you for everything you continue to do on behalf of our students.


Dr. Jennifer McCormick 


Apply Now for Teach to Lead STEM Summit

Indiana Teach to Lead Summit: STEM Focus

The Office of Educator Effectiveness is pleased to announce that the Indiana Department of Education, in partnership with Teach to Lead, will host a STEM-focused summit in Indianapolis, June 14-15.

Office of Workforce and STEM Alliances

STEM and CTE Grant Opportunities Are Still Available

Please read here for more information about the STEM Acceleration Grant opportunity for K-6 open through March 23.

Please see more information here concerning the CTE Summer Expansion Grant opportunity open through March 23. 

Office of Assessment

Spring ISTEP+ Part 1 – Posttest Activities: Online and Paper/Pencil

CTCs must complete required posttest activities. This includes marking online test sessions “Complete” or “Do Not Report,” as necessary, by today, Friday, March 9. CTCs should refer to the section beginning on page 64 of the Indiana Online Testing Guide for more details. 

Spring ISTEP+ Part 1 (Paper/Pencil) Rejected Test Attempt Cleanup Window (March 19 through April 13) Begins NEXT Week

CTCs must watch for any Part 1 rejected test attempts that may appear in PearsonAccessnext throughout the course of this window as paper test documents are received and processed. More information about rejected test attempts and how to resolve them is available in the Indiana Online Testing Guide. 

Spring ISTEP+ Part 1 – Satisfaction Survey Now Open

The Office of Student Assessment welcomes all feedback regarding the recent ISTEP+ Part 1 test administration. Please take a moment to complete this survey. Your input will be used to help prepare for ISTEP+ Part 2 and future test administrations.  

Spring IREAD-3 Test Window Opens Monday

This test window will be open Monday, March 12 through Friday, March 16 for students testing online and with paper/pencil. CTCs should use this guidance to contact Pearson or the Indiana Department of Education with any questions.

Office of Educator Effectiveness

Department of Child Services Announces Changes to Expanded Child Protection Index Searches

Please read the following memo outlining changes to the submission process for searches using the Expanded Child Protection Index. 

Indiana Teach to Lead Summit: STEM Focus

The Office of Educator Effectiveness is pleased to announce that the Indiana Department of Education, in partnership with Teach to Lead, will host a STEM-focused summit in Indianapolis, June 14-15.

Office of Accountability

Draft Annual Performance Report (APR) Available for Review

The 2016 - 2017 Annual Performance Reports (APR) will be available to schools for review in DOE Online beginning today (Friday, March 9). The report will be accessible to corporation administrators under the Annual Performance Report menu. The report will be released publicly through Compass on Thursday, March 15. Additional information on the report, including publication requirements, is available here 

Questions on the report can be directed to Jeff Milkey. Questions regarding Accountability and Accreditation should be sent 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 through March 28 in the School Finance Application Center. Additional information is available here. Please email Melissa Ambre with any questions.  

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 is available here.

Office of Title Grants and Support

The Indiana Department of Education invites Local Education Agencies and organizations to register for the first Title Con May 29 through 30. The two-day conference will feature keynote speakers, various breakout sessions, focus on programmatic and fiscal guidance to advance federal and state programs to the next level, and alignment with the conference theme of "Moving Beyond Compliance.” 

Office of State Ombudsman

Two New Documents Provide Information Related to all Title Programs

A new LEA Affirmation of Consultation with Non-Public School Officials form for all Title programs is available on the Indiana Department of Education website. This information includes requirements under ESSA. The new form will be used to facilitate consultation with non-public school officials beginning with the 2018-2019 school year.  Also, new for the upcoming school year is Introduction to Non-Public School Consultation information. Both documents can be found here. 

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