An Update From the Indiana Department of Education for January 11, 2019

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The Indiana Department of Education's (IDOE) Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness website is now live. This website is where you will find all newly created Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) resources. This week you will find three short videos: SEL Introduction, SEL 101, and SEL 201. In addition, you will find an infographic on "Why" Social-Emotional Learning is important plus Indiana's Seven SEL Competencies with classroom strategies. Next week, we will be releasing the PK-12 Social-Emotional Learning Competencies. Please contact Christy Berger, Assistant Director of Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness, with further questions.


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Legislative Updates and Guidance

Resources Available to Assist Educators During Legislative Session

The 2019 Legislative Session began January 3. IDOE has developed materials to assist in navigating this session. Education committees have convened, and a document has been created with information about each member. In addition, a navigation document has been developed for the Indiana General Assembly website, and a guide to interacting with legislators.


Partial Federal Government Shutdown and Nutrition Program Reimbursement

Funding for Reimbursements Available Through Mid-March

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has provided State agencies funding to support normal program operations well into the month of March. The Child Nutrition Programs (CNPs) include the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Special Milk Program, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, and State Administrative Expenses. IDOE will continue to keep institutions informed on the status of the shutdown and CNP funding.


Cybersecurity Grant Recipients Announced

50 Schools Receive Grant Funds

IDOE has announced recipients of the Project Lead The Way Cybersecurity Course Grant. Learn more here.


Department Announces Further Commitment to Computer Science in the Classroom

Indiana Becomes Third State to Implement's Nine Policies

IDOE's investment in computer science education reached another milestone in STEM education. Learn more here.


Office of Assessment

ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS Window Opens January 14

The WIDA Assessment window is open January 14 – March 1. Test Administrators must hold a license granted by the State of Indiana (instructional, administrative, or school services license). These individuals must be certified with the WIDA Online ACCESS Certification before they administer any WIDA assessments.

WIDA Onsite Monitoring

The Office of Student Assessment will conduct unannounced onsite monitoring visits during the WIDA testing window beginning January 14. Please ensure school administrators and staff are aware these onsite visits will be conducted. Click here for more details.

Looking Ahead to the Statewide Readiness Test (AIR Assessments) – January 23

All schools administering AIR assessments in Spring 2019 are required to participate in the Statewide Readiness Test (SRT) on the primary date (January 23) or, in the event of a school closing/delay or other conflict, the backup date (January 28). Schools should select a 30-minute block of time between the hours of 8 to 11 a.m. ET to conduct the SRT. Schools should refer to the Technology Readiness Guide for detailed guidance and scripted directions to follow when conducting the SRT. Contact the Indiana Assessment Help Desk by phone at 866-298-4256, or by email here, if assistance is needed.

New ILEARN Ancillaries Now Available!

The Spring 2019 ILEARN 3-8 and ILEARN U.S. Government ECA Test Administrator’s Manuals (TAMs) are now available through the Indiana Assessment Portal. Both TAMs are located in the “CTC Resources” and “Educator Resources” folders.


Office of Student Services

School Health Services Report

For the first time, Indiana has compiled school health data into a single report. Learn more here.

Graduation Rate for Students Determined to be at a Unknown Location (IC 20-26-13-11)

This memorandum provides updated information on the process for documenting and reporting students that are "missing," or "location unknown" (IC 20-26-13-11), in order to remove the student from your cohort.


Office of School Improvement

High Ability Grant Applications Open Through February 11

The High Ability competitive grant applications are now open. Grant proposals can be up to $75,000. All grant applications are due Monday, February 11, 2019. Please access the grant information sheet, which includes general information, application, and rubric. If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Schuler

Dyslexia Training Programs

IDOE has received questions from the field seeking clarification about whether two specific training programs were approved. IDOE worked closely with these two training programs to ensure they meet the requirements of Senate Enrolled Act 217. Please see IDOE's dyslexia training website for the revised list of approved training programs.

Literacy Framework Phase II Educator Work Groups

In Phase II, Hoosier educators will create and develop practical examples for each literacy standard. We need your help! All work groups will meet at the Indiana Association of School Principals (IASP) headquarters in Indianapolis. If you are interested and would like information on dates, please complete this form.

Literacy Team Releases Monthly Newsletter

Welcome back! As we dive back into instruction, take a look into engagement strategies, just right books, textbook adoption, and much more! Click here to view the newsletter.


Office of Title Grants and Support

Updated Chart of Accounts

Starting January 1, all LEAs are required to utilize the updated SBOA chart of accounts, which can be found here. Accurate reporting of expenditures allows LEAs and IDOE to report to stakeholders how local, state, and federal education dollars are utilized. For federal grants, LEAs are expected to amend expenditures affected by the changes in the object codes in a future amendment, prior to the end of the grant period (for example, when Title I program administrators submit amendments after final allocations are released). Please review this crosswalk of the old object codes to the new codes.

Office of Workforce and STEM Alliances

Additional Internet-Based Systems for Eighth Grade College and Career Planning Approved

Per Indiana Code 20-30-5-14, each school in a school corporation, and each charter school, must provide students in eighth grade use of either Indiana Career Explorer or an alternative Internet-based system that provides students with college and career planning resources. The alternative Internet-based system must be approved by the State Board of Education. During January’s State Board of Education meeting, two additional Internet-based systems were approved as alternatives: Naviance and the Indiana Career Information System. Additional information can be found here.

Computer Science Curriculum Showcase

IDOE is hosting a Computer Science Curriculum Showcase at Center Grove Community School Corporation’s Innovation Center on Thursday, February 21, from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. It is recommended that each school district send a representative to learn about various computer science curriculum options for ALL grade levels and what you can do to provide your students with high-quality computer science experiences. This opportunity may also help you to plan how your district will comply with Senate Enrolled Act 172. Click here to register.

SCRIPT Computer Science Strategic Planning Workshops

The Strategic CSforALL Resource and Implementation Tool (SCRIPT), is an initiative of the CSforALL Consortium that serves as a framework and platform to guide school district staff in the creation of a K-12 Computer Science implementation plan that reflects the unique goals and needs of their school district. Participation in a SCRIPT workshop is a great way to start planning for how your district will meet the requirements of SEA 172 by 2021 (click here for more details on SEA 172). Please visit our continuously updated list of professional development opportunities to learn more, and sign up for a SCRIPT workshop! Several workshops are currently planned in various parts of the state. If none of these opportunities work for your district, but you would still like to participate, please indicate your interest here. Contact Jake Koressel with any questions.

Computer Science for School Counselors Webinars
Attention school counselors! The Office of Workforce and STEM Alliances will be hosting two informative webinars about computer science and what schools need to do to comply with Senate Enrolled Act 172. Topics will include an overview of CS in Indiana, course options, standards, assessment, resources, and more! To register for January 21 from 9:30-10:30 a.m., click here. To register for January 23 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., click here.
FREE Online Cybersecurity Courses
Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) received grant funds from FEMA and DHS to provide free, online cybersecurity courses to any interested entity. There are three online tracks (For Business Professionals, For Everyone, and For IT Professionals). College credit through ACE is available upon completion of a track. These courses could be used to supplement high school computer science courses or as enrichment experiences for students, teachers, administrators, and/or parents. See the TEEX website for more information and to register.

Career and Technical Education to Offer Perkins V Webinar January 24

A live webinar to discuss the recently approved Perkins V CTE concentrator course sequences will be held January 24, from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. The webinar is open to school personnel. Please click here to register for the webinar. Please contact Tony Harl if you have any questions.

Webex Series Beginning Later This Month

The Office of Workforce and STEM Alliances will launch the Innovation Webex series beginning this month. This series will focus on innovation in career preparation and work-based learning programs. This month, we will host a one-hour Webex highlighting the Reaching Potential Through Manufacturing (RPM) program. The RPM program is a partnership between the Richmond County School System in Augusta, Georgia and Textron Specialized Vehicles (E-Z-GO), that provides a unique paid opportunity for high school students. The first Innovation Webex will take place January 23 from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. EST. The registration form is available here. Please contact Ben Carter for additional information. 

Girls Who Code

IDOE has a  new partnership with Girls Who Code! Take advantage of this new partnership and launch a free club at your school. Click here for more information, or contact Jake Koressel with any questions.


Office of School Finance

2019 Summer School

The 2019 Summer School memo is now available here. The memo contains information about required reports, dates to remember, eligible reimbursable programs, and financial provisions. 

Form 9 Financial Report Reminder

The Form 9 Financial Report data submission for the period of July to December 2018 must be uploaded through DOE Online no later than January 31. The submission process opened January 1. Please note that this will be the first Form 9 data submission to require two additional fields: School Building ID and Subcategory. As part of the upload of Form 9 data, school corporations may test their files using the “Test a File” error review button on the main dashboard of DOE Online -> Form 9.  Please see additional guidance, a list of School IDs, and other information in the ESSA and Form 9 folders in the Learning Connection School Finance Community under “Files and Bookmarks.” Questions regarding Form 9s can be sent here.

February 1 Membership Count

The second membership count date is February 1, 2019.  Although this is a required membership count for all public school corporations and charter schools, the data will NOT be used in the FY2019 State Tuition Support formula. Specific information related to opening and closing times can be found in the DOE-ME layout in the Data Reporting Community of the Learning Connection. If you have questions, please contact Amy Pattison, or Melissa Ambre.


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