A Message from Dr. McCormick 08/17/2018


Indiana Department of Education
Friday, August 17, 2018





McCormick July Update

Dear Educators,

The Indiana Department of Education continues to make customer service a top priority. Our offices are staffed with content specialists who are available to assist schools in providing a high-quality education to all Indiana students. Please reach out to us with questions and feedback on how we can better serve you.


Dr. McCormick


Office of School Assessment

ISTEP+ Spring 2018 Results OnDemand Data and Reports – Now Available (Embargo Remains in Effect)

Spring 2018 reports are available in PAN. Schools should share student results (Individual Student Reports) with parents as soon as possible. Spring 2018 ISTEP+ results are publicly embargoed until the Indiana Department of Education releases the results in early September.

Creating Strong Classroom Assessments – Assessment Literacy Roadshow

How do I create strong classroom assessments that tell me what I need to know about my students? Join us for free professional development on strategies to improve classroom assessments.

Designating Corporation Test Coordinator (CTC)

Each school year, superintendents and nonpublic/charter/choice school principals are asked to designate one person as the main point-of-contact to receive assessment-related information and updates. This staff member is known as the Corporation Test Coordinator (CTC). The CTC is the key to ensuring receipt of accurate, specific, and up-to-date details regarding Indiana assessment programs. CTC designations are due September 30. Click here for more information.

Office of Educator Effectiveness

IDOE Online Job Bank to Close: Transition Underway to Indiana Teachers-Teachers Site

On September 1, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) will fully transition to utilizing Indiana Teachers-Teachers as the primary recruitment platform for Indiana school personnel. The IDOE Online Job Bank will be shut down at the close of business on Friday, August 31. To prepare for this transition, all Indiana school districts, charter schools, and private schools should ensure they have registered for a free account with Indiana Teachers-Teachers. Job postings will not automatically transfer from the IDOE Online Job Bank to the Indiana Teachers-Teachers recruitment platform. It is the employer's responsibility to manually post openings prior to the September 1 transition date. Additional information about Indiana Teachers-Teachers is available here. Please contact IDOE Director of Educator Effectiveness Shari Switzer with any questions. 

2018-2019 Staff Performance Evaluation Plans

Please find guidance here regarding submission of the 2018-2019 Staff Performance Evaluation Plans (due in DOE-Online by September 14.)

2018-2019 Teacher Appreciation Grant

Please read this guidance regarding submission of the School Year 2018-2019 Teacher Appreciation Grant Policy. The submission must be made by September 14. TAG policies approved by local school boards or other governing agencies for SY 2017-2018 do not need to be reapproved for the 2018-2019 school year. 

Office of Student Services

Foster Youth Point of Contact

ESSA requires each school identify a foster youth point of contact and submit the information to the Indiana Department of Child Services. Learn more here.

Office of Special Education

Welcome Back to School from the Office of Special Education

In this Short Share video, Dr. Nancy Holsapple, the new director of the Office of Special Education (OSE), explains how proactive collaboration across all departments provides the greatest leverage in improving outcomes for all students, including those with disabilities. There is an agreement across divisions at the Indiana Department of Education that it’s not “your kids” and “my kids” but it's “our kids." The video reinforces this philosophy and describes proactive support OSE is implementing this school year. For additional videos on various topics, please visit the OSE website.

Virtual Charter School Engagement Guidance for Students with IEPs

Please refer to this guidance to learn about virtual charter schools and the requirement to adopt a student engagement.

Monthly Newsletters From the Office of Special Education

The Office of Special Education publishes the From the Director newsletter bi-weekly. Please sign up for notification of when the newsletter is published in the ‘IDOE - Teachers Who Work with Students with Disabilities’ community on Learning Connection. The five most recent editions are available here.

Office of School Finance

Annual Financial Report

I.C. 5-3-1-3(g) states "Each public school corporation [charter schools excluded] shall submit a copy of the Annual Financial Report to the Department of Education, and that the Department shall make it available for public inspection." The Annual Financial Report and proof of publication should be provided as a scanned document in a single PDF file on or before August 31 to AFR@doe.in.govMailed hard copies will not be accepted. The template for the Annual Financial Report may be obtained under the Files and Bookmarks tab in the Annual Financial Report folder. If you have questions concerning the Annual Financial Report, please email LaTrice Akers or call her at (317) 232-0844. 

2018 Summer School Final Costs Report

The window to begin submitting the Final Instructional Costs Report for Summer School 2018 opened Monday, July 30. In order to be eligible to receive a summer school payment, the report must be submitted before the submission deadline, Friday, September 14. The link to access the report is posted on our website. Information on the summer school program can be found in the Finance Community of the Learning Connection, under Files and Bookmarks in the Summer School folder.

September 14 Membership Count Date

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) will collect an average daily membership (ADM) count of students on September 14. (I.C. 20-43-4-2) This is the only ADM count that will be used for Basic and Complexity Grant funding for the 2018-2019 school year. Additionally, IDOE will take a second count of eligible pupils enrolled in each school corporation and charter school on February 1, 2019. The February count is for information purposes only. Please read the Membership (DOE-ME) layout which provides the reporting phases for each count. IDOE will post the DOE-ME layout in the Data Collection and Reporting Community of the Learning Connection in the near future. If you have any questions concerning the count dates, please contact Amy Pattison or Melissa Ambre

IDOE in the News

The Indiana Department of Education Announces 2017-2018 Presidential Awards of Excellence in Math and Science 

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