An Update From the Indiana Department of Education for November 23, 2018

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As the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) continues preparing for the 2019 session of the Indiana General Assembly, we are sharing our legislative priorities. Please feel free to access more information here. You can also receive weekly updates by following us on Twitter @EducateIN. 

Dr. Mac

Graduation Pathways Updates and Guidance

On November 14, the State Board of Education (SBOE) voted unanimously to update the Grad Pathways policy. The changes include:

1.       CTE Concentrator Definition: Under the previous definition of a CTE Concentrator, a student must earn a C average or higher in at least 6 high school credits in a career sequence. The updated definition is a student must earn a C average in at least two non-duplicative advanced courses (courses beyond an introductory course) within a particular program or program of study. This new definition will begin with the 2023 graduating cohort (freshmen beginning in 2019-20); current high schoolers are grandfathered under the 6 credits definition.

2.       AP/IB/Dual Credit/Cambridge International Courses or CLEP Exams: Students pursuing this pathway for the liberal arts had to have one course be in a core content area (e.g., English, math, science, or social studies). The SBOE updated the policy to further define ‘core content’ as at least one course corresponding with the Core Transfer Library.

Please find links to the updated versions of the policy documents for reference: 

Additionally, the SBOE reviewed the following clarifications:

     Project-based, Service-based, and Work-based Learning Experiences

In the Policy Guidance document, courses lending themselves to executing the design principles of each experience are listed, though completion of the courses alone does not fulfill this requirement. However, these experiences are not limited to these courses alone. If a student’s experience or a course curriculum aligns with the design principles of any of the employability skills experiences, then that experience will qualify for this requirement.

     Locally Created Pathways Adoption Guidance:

The Board has approved two Locally Created Pathways (LCPs) thus far. As demonstrated in the 2018 graduation data, schools are beginning to adopt these pathways to suit their students’ needs. To help clarify and simplify the components of each LCP, SBOE, and IDOE staff developed guidance for schools and districts to follow. IDOE will be posting this guidance to their website, and SBOE staff will send this guidance as schools submit the required notification of adopting an LCP.


Office of Workforce and STEM Alliances

WebEx on Swiss CTE and Apprenticeship Model Coming December 11

IDOE is hosting a WebEx with CareerWise Colorado CEO Noel Ginsburg. Mr. Ginsburg will be presenting on Colorado’s implementation of the Swiss CTE and Apprenticeship Model. This WebEx continues IDOE’s sharing of best practices of CTE/Apprenticeship models, including the presentation by Dr. Katie Caves on “Exploring the Swiss Model for Indiana Pathways” on August 9. Schools and corporations with established or developing business partnerships are encouraged to share this opportunity with their workforce partners. Click here for registration and more information. 


Office of Finance

Guidance on Changes to Chart of Accounts

The attached memo provides guidance regarding changes associated with the updated Chart of Accounts. School officials may not make the required transfers until after December 31, when the new Chart of Accounts takes effect. The required transfers and updated fund numbers will be reflected in the January to June 2019 Form 9 financial information submitted on or before July 31, 2019.


Office of School Improvement

2018 Additional Target Support and Improvement Schools (ATSI)

On November 14, the State Board of Education confirmed school accountability grades and identified comprehensive support and improvement (CSI) and ATSI schools. The list of CSI/ATSI can be found here. These schools are required by Indiana’s ESSA plan to complete a Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) and School Improvement Plan (SIP). The Office of School Improvement will provide technical assistance to schools on completing a CNA/SIP during the regional roadshow. Additional technical assistance and information on requirements for CSI/ATSI schools will be forthcoming. Please contact Robin Leclaire with any questions.

New! #INspirEDmath – Increasing Engagement in the K-12 Math Classroom: Help Needed!

IDOE is organizing a math extravaganza to develop a vision for ambitious instruction in the K-12 math classroom! This learning day will walk participants through The Eight Effective Teaching Practices as outlined in the National Council for Teaching Mathematics (NCTM) publication, "Principles to Action," (2014) in the morning. This will be followed by guided implementation and collaboration time in the afternoon. Click here to volunteer to be a host site. Please contact Robin Conti for more details.

Math Team Monthly Newsletter

Please read the #INspirEDmath newsletter here. This month, you will find resources, inspiration, and activities to use and connect mathematics representations in order to engage all learners.


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