An Update From the Indiana Department of Education for April 19, 2019

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Administrative Professionals Week and Day April 22-26

Dr. Mac


Next week is Administrative Professionals Week, and April 24 is Administrative Professionals Day. Join with the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) in recognizing and celebrating the critical role these important members of our school community team play. Find out more here

State Offices Closed Today, Friday, April 18

A reminder, IDOE and all Indiana governmental offices are closed today, April 18, in observance of Good Friday.


Office of Assessment

IDOE Offices Closed Friday-Assessment Support Will Be Available

While IDOE offices will be closed today (April 19) in observance of the state holiday, assessment staff will monitor communications for urgent issues. Districts and schools can contact IDOE via email with any questions.

Technology issues should be directed to the AIR (ILEARN and I AM) Help Desk at 866-298-4256, and the Pearson (ISTEP+) Help Desk at 866-683-6668, in preparation for and during the assessment windows.

Alternate Assessment ESSA One Percent Cap Data Webinar

The Office of Special Education, Office of Student Assessment, and the Project SUCCESS Resource Center hosted a webinar on Wednesday, April 10 to discuss data related to the one percent cap on participation for the Alternate Assessment required by ESSA. This webinar discussed ways to disaggregate LEA and building level data related to the one percent. Educators can access a recording of this webinar here

NEW! Confirming Assessment Accommodations

The following update was provided to CTCs and Test Administrators this week in preparation for the upcoming window. The Office of Assessment completed a final review to ensure all accommodations allowed on Indiana assessments appropriately match the accommodations available in the Indiana Individual Education Plan (IIEP) system. The multiplication chart is an allowable accommodation for students in grades 3-5 via the case conference committee and is captured through the IIEP system. Guidance is posted to indicate that students may utilize this non-embedded feature on the ILEARN assessment.

Office of School Improvement

Revised Indiana Academics Standards for World Languages Released

The Office of School Improvement (OSI) is pleased to announce the release of the 2019 Indiana Academic Standards for World Languages. Included in this release are the following sets of revised standards: East Asian languages, Classical-Modern languages, and American Sign Language (ASL) Secondary. All World Language Standards may be found by clicking here. For questions and more information, please contact Matt Walsh, curriculum specialist.

Guidance for Recently Approved Additional Core 40 Science Courses

The Indiana State Board of Education recently approved additional Core 40 Science courses. Please see this memo for guidance, and contact Dr. Jennifer Jensen with any questions.

Updated for 2019-2020: Elementary and Middle Level Subject Descriptions

The Office of School Improvement (OSI) is pleased to share the 2019-2020 Elementary and Middle Level Subject Descriptions. One highlight is the introduction of a middle level computer science course. For a direct link to the Course Descriptions page, please click here. For questions and more information, please contact Matt Walsh, Curriculum Specialist. For more information about the new middle school computer science course, please contact Jacob Koressel, computer science specialist in the Office of Innovation.

Curriculum Support Materials Now Available for 2020 U.S. Census

Census Day is April 1, 2020. As part of the lead up to the Constitutionally-mandated, once-a-decade census count, the Census Bureau’s Statistics in Schools (SIS) program is preparing for the launch of new pre-K through 12th grade activities this fall! The SIS program provides classroom learning opportunities and worksheets illustrating the importance of the 2020 Census. Students will be encouraged to take the information home. Please see suggested curriculum and free materials at the United States Census Bureau’s “Statistics in Schools" site.

Summer Professional Development CCR Bridge: Math Ready Course

This summer, IDOE will be hosting professional development for educators teaching the CCR Bridge: Math Ready course. This course helps students transition from high school to post-secondary math coursework. Tentative dates are July 16, 17, and 18 in Indianapolis. More information will be coming soon. Contact Dr. Jennifer Jensen for additional information.

The High Ability Newsletter Is Now Available

This month's newsletter is blooming with the launch of the new logo, the AP Summer Institute at Ball State University, and free AP placement student sessions. 

The April #INspirEDmath Newsletter Is Now Available

Resources, strategies, and research to support productive struggle in the math class have been provided in the newsletter. Educators will also find registrations and information pertaining to several upcoming professional development opportunities surrounding the new Analytical Algebra II course.

The Monthly Counselor Newsletter Is Now Available

Take a moment to read the April Counselor Newsletter. Articles this month include SEL Lesson plans for all levels, professional development opportunities, and a self-care tip!


Office of Special Education

Guidance on Transition Portfolios Now Available

IDOE's Office of Special Education has published guidance on Transition Portfolios. Transition Portfolios are for all transition-aged students (ages14-22) with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Click here to access the Guidance Document.

This summer the Office of Special Education will be providing Transition Portfolio Regional Trainings. Click here to learn more and to register.


Office of Title Programs

Deadline Approaching for Charter School Teacher Recruitment and Retention Grant

IDOE has announced a new grant opportunity available to all currently operating Indiana charter schools. The Teacher Recruitment and Retention grant is a competitive grant that is providing the opportunity for charter schools to fund innovative solutions and programs supporting teacher recruitment and teacher retention. 

Please click here to access the application materials under the accordion file labeled “Teacher Recruitment and Retention Grant." Grant awards are a maximum of $50,000 and applications are due no later than May 1, at 12:00 p.m. 

Title I Allocations and Refresher Webinar

Title I preliminary allocations were issued to all LEAs for FY 2019-2020. Individual notices were sent to superintendents, program administrators, and treasurers last week. Title II, III, and IV allocations will be forthcoming in the next few weeks. For Title I program administrators, a refresher webinar regarding key reminders and minor changes for FY 2019-2020 will be on Thursday, May 23, at 10:00 a.m. EST. Find the meeting link here (Password: May2019). The phone access number is 1-240-454-0887 United States Toll (San Jose); Access code: 737 528 297. The webinar will be recorded.


Office of Innovation

Superintendent Summit Set for June 13-14

Please save the date for IDOE's Superintendent Summit. The event will be held beginning in the late afternoon on Thursday, June 13, and all day Friday, June 14, in Indianapolis. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick and members of IDOE's leadership team invite representatives from all Indiana school districts to attend. Superintendents are encouraged to bring one other member of his/her leadership team to participate. Additional details will be announced soon. 

Authentic Learning Summit

Interested in learning how experts use your content area in their everyday work? Need inspiration to create authentic learning experiences for your students? Want to work in conjunction with community partners and college of education faculty to develop an exciting new curriculum? If so, then consider attending the Authentic Learning Summit (for teachers of grades 7-12), an event hosted by Hamilton Southeastern Schools in conjunction with Ball State University, Scientech, and the City of Fishers. More information can be found here.  

Summer STEM Curriculum Development Institute

IDOE is offering a STEM curriculum professional learning opportunity in June. For four days this summer, participating teachers will learn new content in math, physics, biology, and chemistry from 8:00-10:00 a.m. and then will spend two hours creating integrated STEM curricula for their students. Teachers will present their finished products in a curriculum showcase on the final day of the institute. For more information and to register, click here.

Summer Computer Science Professional Development Opportunities

View this slide deck for information about summer computer science professional development opportunities for teachers of all grade levels. Information can also be found on IDOE's website. Contact Jake Koressel with questions.

Save the Date for Indiana’s Third Annual K-12 Computer Science Education Conference

Indiana’s Third Annual Flipping the Switch conference will take place on September 16-17. Save the date and stay tuned for registration information in the near future. Additional details can be found here.

Pathfinders Summer Institute

Infosys Foundation USA will host the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2019, an intensive week of in-person professional development in computer science and making at Indiana University from July 14-19. More than 700 U.S. K-12 public school teachers will convene at #InfyPathfinders for high-quality hands-on training. All tuition, airfare, and room and board for teacher participants will be paid. Funding sources may vary depending on the professional development program selected. Participants may need to seek donations through DonorsChoose. Teachers and schools can register their interest and find additional information here.

Educator Preparation Program (EPP) Spring Newsletter

Check out the EPP Spring Newsletter for information related to educator preparation resources, accreditation, licensing, and upcoming events.


Dr. McCormick Holding Additional Public Meetings

Statewide Tour Continues Through May

Dr. McCormick is continuing to hold public meetings throughout the state. Her next stop will be in Greencastle on May 7.


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