A Message from Dr. McCormick 09/07/2018


Indiana Department of Education
Friday, September 7, 2018





McCormick July Update

Dear Educators,

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. Each educational institution that receives federal funds for a fiscal year is required to hold an educational program about the U.S. Constitution for its students. A variety of Constitution Day resources can be found here. Please reach out to us by email if you need additional information or have questions regarding Constitution Day.


Dr. McCormick


Office of School Building Physical Security and Safety

Emergency Preparedness Plans

Within the first sixty days of the school year, superintendents must certify to the Indiana Department of Education that emergency preparedness plans for each school in the corporation have been reviewed and revised. The certification form has been updated to an online/paperless format. The form can be found by clicking here

Student Advisory Council – Seeking New Members

Dr. McCormick is looking for high school juniors from congressional districts 1, 2, 5, 7, and 8 who would be interested in serving a two-year term on the Student Advisory Council. The student must be recommended by the high school principal and approved by the superintendent. This student would be expected to miss school to attend two meetings per school year. The student should be in good academic standing, actively involved, a positive role model for others, and able to travel to Indianapolis. Interested principals should submit the student's name, school name, school corporation, school address, and school phone number to Bailey Walker. Submissions are due September 14. 

Office of Educator Effectiveness

2018-2019 Staff Performance Evaluation Plans

Please find guidance here regarding submission of the 2018-2019 Staff Performance Evaluation Plans. The information is due in DOE-Online Friday, 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 next Friday, September 14. A TAG policy approved by a local school board for SY 2017-2018 does not need to be reapproved locally, but must be resubmitted to the Indiana Department of Education for SY 2018-2019.

Workshops Scheduled to Review Teacher Survey Data

Join the Indiana Department of Education and Panorama Education for a workshop to explore your teacher survey data, reflect on outcomes, identify key insights, and plan data-driven next steps. Click here to find the location, date, and time that is best for administrators in your school district and register for this free workshop today.

Office of School Assessment

Creating Strong Classroom Assessment: Assessment Literacy Professional Development

Join the offices of Assessment and School Improvement for free professional development targeting strong practices in classroom assessment. Learn how to create and use various assessment strategies in classrooms to determine true measures of student progress and achievement. Sessions will be held throughout the state to make attending more convenient. View this flyer for more information and to register. 

Register Now for I AM Webinars

Statewide assessment is changing in Indiana! Join us to learn more about I AM and the resources that are available by attending one of the content trainings highlighted in this information.

ILEARN Brochures for Educator and Families Now Available

The ILEARN Family Brochure and ILEARN Educator Brochure are now available on the IDOE website and via the Indiana Assessment Portal. Corporations and schools are welcome to distribute these resources to staff and families so everyone can become more familiar with the ILEARN assessment. Educators and families may register to receive email notifications when new ILEARN announcements and resources are posted to the Indiana Assessment Portal.

I AM Brochures for Educators and Families Now Available

Family and educator brochures for I AM are now available via the Indiana Assessment Portal (General Resources page) and IDOE website. Don’t forget to register for email updates on the I AM Portal so you are notified when additional resources become available.

Spring 2019 ILEARN Scoring Opportunity

The Department requests that 3-5 educators from each corporation participate.  Please  distribute this flyer to classroom teachers and instructional coaches interested in scoring open-ended items that appear on this spring’s ILEARN assessments. The flyer outlines position requirements, time commitment, compensation, and directions for signing up to receive additional updates. Educators should direct any questions to AIR’s Help Desk.

ILEARN Biology ECA Participation Guidance

The Department defined participation guidance for the ILEARN Biology End-of-Course Assessment (ECA) beginning with the 2018-2019 school year. Schools and corporations should consider this guidance in advance of test administration for individual students completing Biology coursework. Contact us if you have questions.

New! Share With Educators: ISTEP+ Grade 10 Remediation Videos

The Office of Student Assessment offers the Math ISTEP+ Grade 10 video and the ELA ISTEP+ Grade 10 for educators to help with student remediation. These videos align student IPI data to remediation practices. If you have questions please contact Tarrell Berry. 

Office of eLearning

Cybersecurity Training and Phishing Campaign Opportunity

The Indiana Department of Education is offering free training to assist schools with potential cybersecurity issues. Learn more here. 

Office of Information Technology

Education SuperHighway Initiative

In partnership with the Governor’s Office and Indiana Department of Education, the national non-profit EducationSuperHighway is providing free support for school districts throughout this E-rate cycle. Please see the webinars and other resources designed to make Internet upgrades more affordable and help schools take advantage of critical funding sources. Powered by publicly available data, thousands of school leaders have used Compare & Connect K-12 to compare their existing service and pricing with neighbors and similarly-sized districts to plan, negotiate, and implement a network upgrade. Find your district here on the Compare & Connect K-12 website.

Office of School Improvement 

Indiana Literacy Early Intervention Grant (EIG)

Please read this information regarding submission of the Early Intervention Grant for the 2018-2019 school year. The Request to Participate must be completed by Friday, September 21. Learn more about the EIG click here. All questions can be sent to Rose Tomishima or Robin LeClaire.

Early Childhood Education Capacity Building Grant Applications Available 

The State of Indiana Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning (OECOSL) has released the second round of Early Childhood Education Capacity Building Grant Program applications. Schools interested in expanding pre-K capacity should review the requirements and apply by October 5. Learn more here.

Literacy Framework Now Available

The Literacy Team from the Office of School Improvement is pleased to unveil the Literacy Framework for all K-12 educators in Indiana. All 700+ standards have been unpacked with academic vocabulary, question stems, I can statements, and considerations for learners with special needs and English learners. This tool will support teachers in the development of high quality literacy curriculum and instruction for all students. Hundreds of educators have had input in the development of this resource, and we have six schools piloting this first phase. We would love to hear feedback as you use the tool and will continue to add resources to each standard for release in Phase 2 coming in the spring! Please contact Robin LeClaire, Jordan Pridemore, or Rose Tomishima with any questions.

Office of Workforce and STEM Alliances

Nominate Deserving Students for U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

The 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars program recognizes and honors outstanding high school seniors, and thereby encourages high attainment among all students. Selection is based on outstanding scholarship on the ACT/SAT, in the arts, and in career and technical education. We are asking each public high school and accredited nonpublic high school to nominate six (6) students as candidates for the 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars program. Please find the nomination process contained in the above-referenced link.

Locally Created Pathways

Locally Created Pathways (LCPs) are locally determined competencies and/or assessments beyond the current State Board of Education approved Postsecondary-Ready Competencies in the Graduation Pathways. LCPs demonstrate a student has the necessary knowledge and skills to be successful after high school and must include: collaboration, competency, and continuous improvement. Additional specifics regarding Locally Created Pathways are located on pages 45-49 here. The submission deadline for Locally Created Pathways is October 1. The application can be found here. Contact Ben Carter with questions.

Office of School Finance

Summer School 2018 Cost Report Due September 14

The window to submit the Final Instructional Costs Report for Summer School 2018 closes September 14. In order to be eligible to receive a summer school payment, the report must be submitted before the submission deadline, Friday, September 14, 2018. 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, 2018. (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. The layout can be found in the Data Reporting Community of the Learning Connection. If you have any questions concerning the count dates, please contact either Amy Pattison or Melissa Ambre

Curricular Material Reimbursement

State law allows school corporations, charter schools, and accredited nonpublic schools to seek curricular material reimbursement. In order to receive some level of reimbursement, eligible schools must submit both the cost of providing curricular material and data for eligible students. The Indiana Department of Education will calculate the reimbursement amount for each school corporation, charter school, and nonpublic school. This calculation is based on the number of eligible students reported on the Summary of Costs and Reimbursement Claim Form 2018-2019, School Curricular Material Costs, Eligible Student Counts, and the student level data submitted electronically between October 1 and October 31, 2018, which is the final collection date. Both student-level and claim data must be submitted on or before October 31. Information regarding curricular material can be found in the Curricular Material folder in the Finance Community of the Learning Connection under Files and Bookmarks. Please send any questions here.

Office of Student Services

September Is Attendance Awareness Month

School boards, superintendents, mayors, and other elected officials are encouraged to highlight the importance of school attendance by declaring September as Attendance Awareness Month. Please contact Cathy Danyluk with any questions.

Office of School Accountability 

Required Virtual Education Program Survey

In order to report to the Indiana General Assembly by January 1, 2019 regarding enrollment in virtual education programs, all public school corporations and charter schools need to complete the Virtual Education Program Survey. Schools without virtual programs to report as described in the survey introduction will only need to complete the first section of the survey. Responses are due by October 1. Please direct any questions here. 

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