An Update From the Indiana Department of Education for May 24, 2019

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Conference Opportunity Offered by the Indiana Education Employment Relations Board (IEERB)


The Indiana Education Employment Relations Board (IEERB) will be hosting its annual conference on June 25 in Noblesville. Important information regarding legislative changes, discussions, representation, compliance, and more will be discussed. Please find event details here

Legislative Updates and Guidance

Please read this information regarding Career Specialists permit changes.

Please read this information regarding Workplace Specialist I work hours for eligibility changes.

Please read this information concerning English Learners funding.

Please read this information regarding Secured School Grant Fund increases.

Please read this information concerning transfer students.

Please read this information regarding school materials for juvenile detainees.


Office of Assessment

ILEARN ECA Online Window Closes Today, May 24!

The ILEARN ECA online test window closes at the end of the day today. There are no online post-test cleanup activities for CTCs/STCs to complete in TIDE.

ILEARN 3-8 and ECA Satisfaction Surveys

Please complete the Spring 2019 ILEARN ECA Satisfaction Survey and include any specific, constructive feedback to help our office understand what went well and how we can improve the implementation and delivery of ILEARN Biology and U.S. Government ECAs ahead of year two. This survey is open through 5 p.m. Friday, June 7.

The ILEARN 3-8 Satisfaction Survey will close at 5 p.m. Friday, May 31. We welcome any specific, constructive feedback to help our office inform improvements for year two.

ILEARN 3-8 and ECA Materials - Guidance for Disposal / Destruction (Online and Paper Testing)

Corporations and schools must follow IDOE’s updated guidance to appropriately discard or destroy any remaining test materials (e.g., student access cards, TAMs, scratch paper, read aloud scripts) once testing is complete. Remember, schools must securely destroy any ILEARN read aloud scripts at the local level. Contact the Office of Assessment if you have questions.

ILEARN 3-8 and ECA Rescore Request Process - Share with Building Principals

Please review IDOE’s Updated ILEARN Rescore Request Process guidance, as it now includes more details about the process for principals to follow when requesting rescores of open-ended items this summer. Contact the Office of Assessment with any questions. 

I AM Feedback Survey Open through May 31

Please share what went well during the administration of I AM and how we can improve for year two by completing the survey found here. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and will be shared with AIR and IDOE staff.


Office of Innovation

2020 Indiana Teacher of the Year (INTOY)

Applications for the 2020 INTOY are due on or before July 8. Please contact Sarah Rush, with any questions.

State STEM Project-Based Learning Training

In 2018, the Indiana Department of Education launched its Six-Year STEM Strategic Plan. Strategic Objective One centers on improving STEM instruction with a goal of 100 percent of Indiana K-12 teachers being trained in project-based approaches to learning by 2025. Our first step in meeting this goal is to identify and train at least 300 K-12 certified staff members over a three-year period to become Ford Next Generation Learning (NGL) STEM Project-Based Learning (PBL) trainers using STEM-based content. The first cohort of 100 certified staff members will be selected and begin training this summer.

You are invited to nominate up to two certified staff members to participate in our first cohort of certified Ford NGL STEM PBL trainers. This training begins this July and continues through Summer 2020. Please nominate up to two certified staff members (preferably one elementary and one secondary) using this nomination form by Friday, June 7. Nomination does not guarantee selection. Additional information can be found here. Please contact Ben Carter with questions.

Registration is Now Open 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, 2019. Register for the event here. Direct questions to Michele Roberts, Director of Computing Outreach for the IU School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering.

One-Day Summer Engineering Opportunity for Students in Grades 7-9

Click here for information about an upcoming free event, hosted by Purdue University’s Women in Engineering Program. Engineering FYI: For Your Imagination is a FREE one-day on-campus event designed to increase interest in engineering among rising grade seven through nine students (completed grades six through eight by the summer of the event). The day will feature hands-on activities and interaction with current engineering students for participants and some activities for parents as well.

Contact Sue Bayley, Assistant Director, Women in Engineering Program, with questions.

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 at the J.W. Marriott on June 14. A comprehensive legislative update will be provided by Dr. Jennifer McCormick, followed by presentations from other IDOE leaders with information critical to district planning for the 2019-2020 school year. Click here for the summit agenda. Cost of the summit is $75 per person which covers the June 14 breakfast and lunch. Click here to register for IDOE's Superintendent Summit.

Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents (IAPSS) is sponsoring a pregame buffet prior to the 7:05 p.m. start to the Indianapolis Indian’s game the evening of June 13. Summit attendees interested in attending the Indian’s game and pregame buffet can purchase a ticket to the game here. Following the ticket purchase, an invitation to he free pregame buffet will be sent.

Individuals who would like to secure a room at the JW Marriott at a discounted rate of $125 can click here. Please direct questions to Dr. Andrew Melin.


Office of School Finance

Form 9 Financial Data

Please read the provided information concerning the electronic submission of January through June 2019 Form 9 Financial Report data through the DOE Online upload program here. The Form 9 memo can be found in the Finance Community of the Learning Connection. The data must be filed between July 1 and July 31, 2019. Please email questions here.

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 from May 3 through June 5, 2019.  Applications can be found in the Finance Community of the Learning Connection under Files and Bookmarks > Common School Loan folder and must be returned by email no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5. If you have questions concerning the process, please email the Office of School Finance.     

2019-2020 Membership Count Dates

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) will collect an average daily membership (ADM) count of students in the fall and in the spring. The fall count date will be September 13, 2019, and the spring count date will be February 3, 2020. Both counts will be used in the FY 20 State Tuition Support formula to determine Basic Grant distributions to public school corporations and charter schools. If you have questions concerning the counts, please email Melissa Ambre.

Hiring New Food Service Directors

Schools hiring new food service directors must make sure candidates meet the qualified education and experience set by the United States Department of Agriculture. All new food service directors must be submitted and reviewed through IDOE. Check out IDOE’s School and Community Nutrition Professional Standards page to submit the new food service director’s information through the new director hiring form, review the professional standards procedure for new food service directors, and utilize the hiring guide.


Office of School Improvement

Analytical Algebra II Acceptance Update

Ball State University has announced they will accept Analytical Algebra II as part of the CORE 40 requirements for admissions. Support for the course continues to grow as Ball State joins Ivy Tech, Vincennes, and Indiana State in acceptance. Students and parents are encouraged to communicate with their preferred post-secondary institution with regards to program area requirements. As required by law, the consent form will need to be signed by parents and students regardless of post-secondary institution choice. Please contact Robin Conti with questions.

Literacy Framework Phase II is Live

Attention all elementary educators, coaches, and administrators! The Literacy Framework now offers practical examples for every literacy standard, other applicable standards, and digital resources. This is in addition to the “I Can” statements, question stems, English Learner, and Special Education considerations. Check out this powerful tool as you curriculum map and prepare for the 2019-2020 school year here. Additional enhancements will be developed over summer, so keep your eye out for the most up-to-date features.

Summer Professional Development CCR Bridge: Math Ready Course

This summer, IDOE will be hosting FREE professional development for educators teaching the CCR Bridge: Math Ready course. This course helps students transition from high school to post-secondary math coursework. Training will occur July 16, 17, and 18, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m, in Indianapolis. Please click here for additional information and to register. Contact Dr. Jennifer Jensen with any questions.

Regional Summer Learning and Collaboration Opportunity

Join IDOE for a deep dive into Analytical Algebra II. During the course of two days, educators will receive resources and pedagogical strategies that can be used to implement the course. Educators will also be given meaningful work time to collaborate with colleagues from around the state. Click on the location to register. Additional information will follow to registered participants closer to the date. Contact Robin Conti with any questions.

Southern Indiana - June 4 - June 5 - Jasper, IN

Central Indiana - June 6 - June 7 - Indianapolis, IN

Indiana - June 10 - June 11 - Warsaw, IN

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Honoree from Indiana Department of Education Announced

In collaboration with the Indiana Department of Education, the United States Department of Education announced this week that Goshen Community Schools was the recipient of the Green Ribbon Schools award. Goshen Community Schools is being honored for its innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education. To learn more about the Green Ribbon program and the Goshen Community Schools Green Ribbon award, please follow this link.

#INspirEDmath Newsletter Now Available

Click here for the latest #INspirEDmath newsletter. Educators will find research, strategies, and supports surrounding eliciting and using evidence of student thinking to drive instruction. The math newsletter will return for the 2019-2020 school year in July. Access past #INspirEDmath newsletters here.

The Monthly Counselor Newsletter Is Now Available

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


IDOE in the News

The 2019 School Food Service Employee of the Year Announced

Please read the following press release to learn about this year’s outstanding recipient.


Indiana Department of Revenue Offering Grants to Visit State Parks

Field Trip Grant Money Available for State Parks and Lakes

The Indiana Natural Resources Foundation is sponsoring a grant program to assist educators wanting to take field trips to State Parks and Lakes. Learn more here.


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