An Update From the Indiana Department of Education for November 2, 2018

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IN the Know 

Through a partnership between the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, CollegeChoice 529 Savings Plan, and the Indiana Treasurer of State's office, "Right on the Money" was produced to provide a financial education opportunity for young Hoosiers. This video explains the path of Indiana tax dollars in providing services to residents.


The video fulfills fourth grade Indiana Social Studies Standard 4.4.9.  Both an interactive online quiz and printable worksheets are available to educators to supplement the lesson.

Dr. Mac

Office of Student Assessment

Print-on-Demand Guidance for ILEARN

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) developed guidance for the Print-on-Demand accommodation for ILEARN. The attached memo includes the procedures before, during, and after testing.

ISTEP+ Grade 10 Winter Retest and ISTEP+ ECA Winter Retest Onsite Monitoring 

The Office of Student Assessment will conduct unannounced onsite monitoring visits during the ISTEP+ Grade 10 Winter Retest and ISTEP+ ECA Winter Retest testing windows beginning November 12. Please ensure that school administrators and staff are aware that these onsite visits will be conducted. Click here for more details.

Communication – Spread the Word

An important goal in Indiana is that each and every student is able to communicate. This information was created in collaboration with the Communication Community of Practice and various Indiana Resource Network (IRN) resource centers. It includes important information to support educators who work with students identified as having No Mode of Communication (NMC).

Planning for ILEARN U.S. Government ECA Participation

The Office of Student Assessment requests building administrators’ feedback regarding student participation in the upcoming optional ILEARN U.S. Government End-of-Course Assessment (ECA) in Spring 2019. Please revisit the participation guidance released in June and complete this brief survey by Friday, December 7.

ILEARN Biology ECA TAM Posting on Wednesday

CTCs and STCs may download the ILEARN Biology ECA Test Administrator’s Manual (TAM) beginning Wednesday, November 7, from the Educator Resources page of the Indiana Assessment Portal. AIR will not ship any printed copies of this manual to schools. Corporations and schools may access the TAM from a school-owned device or print copies locally, in preparation for the December test window.


Office of School Improvement

IDOE Resource Hub Updates Completed

As the Office of School Improvement seeks to support schools with best practices and excellent resources, IDOE's Resource Hub has been updated with an action planning template and video tour. These resources will assist schools in taking the resources from a place on the web to actions in their educational setting.

Statewide Needs Assessment Survey Concludes November 7

During the 2018 legislative special session, HB 1230 passed and was signed into law. The law requires IDOE to conduct a statewide needs assessment survey that collects data from public elementary, middle, and high schools, including charter schools. Please use this link to access the survey, and see the attached memo for instructions and details about responding to the survey. We want to hear from all school corporations to get a true and accurate picture of the needs of our state’s schools regarding student services and school safety. The responses will likely impact legislative decisions this session. We appreciate your willingness to participate.

$250 Native American Field Trip Grants Now Available

The Indiana Native American Indian Affairs Commission is offering $250 teacher grants to support field trips for students to learn more about Indiana's rich Native American history. More information can be found under the education link to teacher grants located here.


Office of Finance

School Corporation Efficiency Incentive Grants

The Indiana General Assembly appropriated $5,000,000 in FY19 for school corporation efficiency incentive grants (IC 36-1.5-6). These funds are available to a school corporation that formed from a reorganization of two or more school corporations after June 30, 2017. Please see the attached letter for more information and a link to the application.


ESSA Test Report

Between October 24 and November 16, IDOE will afford all local education agencies (LEAs) the opportunity to submit actual Form 9 financial data for the period of July 1 through November 16, or the most recent data available, for purposes of having a “preview” of the new detailed ESSA School Building Level Report for LEAs. LEA participation is optional. Additional information about Form 9 changes related to ESSA can be found in the Finance Community of the Learning Connection under Files and Bookmarks > ESSA. Please email questions regarding the ESSA Test Report here.

Summer School Reimbursement

IDOE has finalized the computation for reimbursement of 2018 Summer School costs. Reimbursement payments by school corporation and charter school can be found in the Summer School folder located in the Finance Community of the Learning Connection. Information can also be found at the following link. The payment, which totals $18,360,000, will be made on November 14. If you have any questions, please contact Kathryn Roth or Melissa Ambre.


Office of Title Grants and Support

Annual Neglected and Delinquent Survey Open Through December 14

The Neglected and Delinquent (N&D) Annual Survey Count Data Collection will be open through December 14. The survey provides IDOE with data required by Title I, Parts A and D, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. This information is used in the computation of grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) and state agencies responsible for providing free public education for children in institutions or community day programs for children who are neglected or delinquent. Please see the memo, surveform, and instructions for more information. Questions can be sent here.


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