An Update From the Indiana Department of Education for May 3, 2019

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Legislative Guidance and Updates Being Released

Dr. Mac

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) is working to unpack final versions of bills passed during the 2019 legislative session. Look for guidance memos to be sent through this publication during the upcoming weeks. Additionally, 2019 legislative guidance will be posted on our Office of Government Affairs website.

Legislative Guidance and Updates

House Enrolled Act 1001-Kindergarten Entrance and ADM Funding

New legislation regarding kindergarten enrollment and ADM has been passed. This memo provides guidance on the legislation and its implication on schools.


Office of Assessment

ILEARN and I AM Windows Are Underway

Here are a few reminders to share with educators:

  • If educators encounter testing experiences that vary from the expected, these instances should be documented with the AIR Help Desk immediately by calling 866-298-4256. 

  • Callers should note the item number, grade level, and content area before reaching out to the Help Desk. As a reminder, secure test content should not be transmitted. Once a Help Desk ticket is created, callers should note the ticket number for future reference.

  • Policy questions such as assessments given outside of order or misadministration should be emailed to IDOE or via phone call at 317-232-9050.    


Office of Special Education

IREAD-3 Clarification on Supporting Students Who Did Not Pass

Please read this guidance for students who do not pass the IREAD-3 spring assessment. Important remediation information is included.


Office of School Finance

Spring 2019 Common School Loans

The Office of School Finance will accept applications for construction and technology loans from public school corporations and school corporation career and technical education schools through June 5. Petitions must be received by Wednesday, June 5, to be considered. Petitions for advancements may be found in the Finance Community of the Learning Connection under Files and Bookmarks > Common School Loan folder. Petitions will be accepted by email only. Please scan and email completed applications here no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5. If you have questions concerning the process, please email IDOE here.


Office of School Improvement

Documentary Resilience to Be Shown Regionally

IDOE, Indiana Youth Services Association, Indiana School Mental Health Initiative, Indiana Division of Mental Health & Addictions, and the Indiana State Department of Health are grateful to partner with school districts in hosting regional screenings of the documentary Resilience. All screenings are free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis and will be followed by a facilitated panel discussion. Please see this flyer for specific dates and locations.

Literacy Summer Professional Development (PD)

The Office of School Improvement Curriculum Team will be coming to a town near you this summer. "Pages to Paradise" is a professional development opportunity supporting educators and administrators of PK-12 schools focused on improving literacy instruction. Sessions include early learning, elementary literacy, secondary literacy, dyslexia, world languages, and high ability. Click here to register as seats are limited. A follow-up email will be sent today, May 3, with information on the PD sessions.


Office of Innovation

Register Now for the Superintendent Summit

IDOE is hosting a summit for all Indiana school superintendents (or his/her designee) and one additional member of his/her leadership team. A pre-summit event will take place the evening of June 13, sponsored by the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents’ (IAPSS). This event is complementary for the first 100 individuals who receive summit and hotel registration confirmation from IDOE staff. These first 100 participants will receive a box seat ticket to the Indianapolis Indians baseball game and access to a pre-game buffet at the stadium prior to the 7:05 p.m. start. 

The summit will convene on June 14 with a legislative update from Dr. McCormick, followed by presentations from other IDOE leaders with information critical to planning for the 2019-2020 school year. Click here for the summit agenda. Cost of the summit will be $75 per person which covers the breakfast and lunch on June 14. Hotel rooms at the JW Marriott will be provided at no charge for the first 100 individuals to register (and pay) outside a 50-mile radius. Individuals wishing to attend who are not in the first 100 individuals to register or who live inside the 50 mile radius can still secure a room at the JW Marriott at the discounted rate of $125. If interested, please contact Sarah Rush. Click here to register for the IDOE Superintendent Summit. Please direct questions to Dr. Andrew Melin.

Purdue NextGen Expo 2019

People of all ages are invited to the NextGen Expo at the Purdue Agronomic Center for Research and Education to learn about innovative technologies changing agriculture. Plan on a day of interactive exhibits exploring new technologies, robots, engineering and drones for agriculture! Meet teams of universities and entrepreneurs from around the world that have created autonomous machines for agriculture. Bring your VEX robot or use ours in a skills challenge for agriculture simulation. The event is free of charge for registrants. Registration and additional information can be found here.

Authentic Learning Summit

Interested in learning more about how experts use your content area in their everyday work? Need some inspiration to help create authentic learning experiences for your students? Want to work in conjunction with community partners and College of Education faculty to develop 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

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

Click here for information about upcoming computer science professional development opportunities for Indiana educators. 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.

Computer Science Education

Please click here to view guidance related to the requirements of IC 20-30-5-23. Direct any questions to Jake Koressel, Computer Science Specialist.


Office of Title Grants and Support

Title I Amendments for 2018-2019

The deadline to amend the current Title I grant is May 30. The Title I grant for next school year is due July 1.

Title: IILP Roll-out and Webinar Trainings

We are very excited to announce our first round of webinar trainings for the roll-out of the IILP system for English Learners. IILP will be a statewide ILP system, similar to that of IIEP, and is free for Indiana districts and schools to utilize. See details on the trainings and register via the links included:

Wednesday, May 8 at 3:00 p.m. ET

Register here

Thursday, May 9 at 9:00 a.m. ET

Register here

A few important notes:

  • After you register, you will receive instructions for joining the training.

  • The webinars will include information on how to get set up in the system with user logins. We will be sharing more information on user logins very soon.

  • The webinars will be recorded. If you are unable to attend, we will share how to access the recordings after the trainings. Anyone who will be using the IILP system can register and attend.

  • We will have additional trainings, including in-person trainings, throughout the end of the school year and into the summer. Those dates and locations will be announced in the near future as well.

Look forward to additional info on the IILP roll-out soon.


Recognize National School Nurse Day

May 8 is National School Nurse Day

May 8 is National School Nurse Day. Please read this information on the important role nurses play in our school communities. 


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