An Update From the Indiana Department of Education for June 7, 2019

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Dr. Mac

On behalf of the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), I congratulate the Class of 2019 and all of the educators who contributed to the completion of their successful K-12 educational careers. Indiana will graduate more than 72,000 students collectively this year. We look forward to seeing the impact these graduates will make on our state and beyond.

Legislative Updates and Guidance

2019 Legislative Session Outcomes for LEAs

Please read this brief summary and action items for all local education agencies resulting from the 2019 legislative session. This document is not the sole form of guidance for these passed bills. IDOE will continue to release, via this newsletter and post on our legislative affairs webpage, in depth guidance documents for each passed legislation.

  • Please read this important information regarding the Teachers’ Retirement Fund ’96 and employer reduction rates.

  • Please read this important information regarding additional educator preparation program reporting requirements.

  • Please read this important information regarding school transfer of funds.

  • Please read this important information regarding school corporation expenditure targets.

  • Please read this important information regarding school financial condition reporting.

  • Please read this important information regarding state tuition support and school funding.

Please read this important information regarding school bus and transportation procedure changes.


Graduation Pathways Updates and Guidance

Verification of CTE Pathways

With the implementation of Graduation Pathways, IDOE will begin validating postsecondary competencies completed by students in the cohort. Beginning with the 2019 cohort, the first postsecondary competencies to be validated will be Industry Certifications and Career and Technical Education (CTE) Concentrators. Any graduate reported to IDOE on the DOE-GR with a postsecondary competency of industry certification or CTE concentrator that is unable to be verified through the Indiana Technical Education Reporting System (INTERS), will count as a non-graduate for purposes of calculating the school’s graduation rate. IDOE will begin notifying schools July 1 if a graduate record cannot be validated and will be removed from the count of graduates when calculating the 2019 graduation rate.

Industry Certifications must be recorded in the INTERS system in order to count for Graduation Pathways. This can be done at any time during the school year, as long as the certification is earned prior to the spring reporting deadline.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Concentrators are verified through enrollment in INTERS. In order to meet the Postsecondary-Ready Competency of CTE Concentrator in Grad Pathways, the student CTE enrollment must be recorded, along with the amount of credits earned, in INTERS during the reporting period for each school year for each CTE course respectively.

Please contact Chris Deaton or Jedd Vance for additional information.


Office of Assessment

ILEARN Rescore Request Process – Parent Letter Template for Schools

Schools may update this parent letter template to communicate their process for managing the ILEARN (3-8 & Biology) rescore request process in TIDE, from July 15 through July 31, 2019. Contact the Office of Student Assessment with any questions.

IREAD-3 Results Available 24 Hours After Testing Beginning June 10

Beginning June 10, IREAD-3 results will be available within 24 hours once students submit their tests. Test Coordinators should access the Online Reporting System (ORS) to view and download student results. The ORS User Guide and Training Module are now available on the Indiana Assessment Portal to support reporting tasks.

ISTEP+ Grade 10 Spring First Time Administration Results

ISTEP+ results will be available to schools in Pearson Access Next and to parents in the Parent Portal beginning June 10. Parents may request a rescore for open-ended items June 10 through June 21. Final results will be available July 25.


Office of School Finance

Form 9 Financial Data

Between July 1 and July 31, local education agencies must electronically submit January through June 2019 Form 9 Financial Report data through the DOE Online upload program. The Form 9 memo can be found in the Finance Community of the Learning Connection. Please send all questions to this email. 

2019-2020 Membership Count Dates

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 and the spring count date will be February 3, 2020. Both counts will be used in the FY 2020 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.


Office of School Improvement

Summer PD Offered by School Improvement Staff

IDOE's School Improvement staff is offering summer PD titled Planning for Proficiency. This opportunity is for school leaders, coaches, and teachers in grades K-12 working to move all students towards proficiency. The one-day training will include identifying and unpacking high-priority standards, creating instructional calendars, creating common formative assessments, and planning for interventions. Click here to register - seats are limited!

Science Framework Released

Phase I of the Science Framework is now live. This planning tool can be accessed here. Work on Phase II will begin in the fall. Please contact Dr. Jennifer Jensen with any questions.

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. Teachers completing all three days of training will receive a $500 stipend. 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. Space is limited.

Literacy Framework Phase II is Live

Attention all secondary educators! 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 for curriculum mapping in preparation for the 2019-2020 school year here. Please look for additional enhancements and resources that will be developed during the summer.

School Improvement Plans for 2019-2020 Can Be Submitted Beginning Today

2019-2020 School Improvement Plans are due October 11. Additional information is available here. Contact Robin LeClaire or Melissa Blossom with any questions. 

June Edition of the #INspirEDearly Newsletter Ready

The June edition of the #INspirEDearly Newsletter is here!  Included in this month’s newsletter are newly released resources including the Early Learning Foundations Guidance Online Tool and Early Learning Guidebook for Indiana Schools. Subscribe to the newsletter via our Early Learning Website here.


Office of Innovation

State STEM Project-Based Learning Training

In 2018, IDOE 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. The 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.

IDOE is inviting you to nominate up to two certified staff members (preferably one elementary and one secondary) to participate in our first cohort of certified Ford NGL STEM PBL trainers. This training begins in July and continues through the Summer of 2020. Please use this nomination form and submit nominations no later than Monday, June 17. 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. Register for the event here. Session proposals can be submitted here. Direct questions to Michele Roberts, Director of Computing Outreach for IU School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering.

Robotics Start-Up Grants Available for Indiana Elementary and Middle Schools

Click here for information on how to start a robotics team (for free) at your elementary or middle school.

Computer Science Curriculum and Resource Guide

Need help finding computer science curriculum and/or resources for your classroom or school? Click here to view a newly developed guide that can help.

Computer Science Classroom to Career Experiences

Interested in learning more about the tech industry? Want to integrate information about tech careers into your computer science classes? Three one-day classroom to career experiences (for teachers) have been scheduled for this summer at High Alpha, Kronos, and Software Engineering Professionals (SEP). To learn more about these experiences, as well as other summer professional development opportunities, visit IDOE's Computer Science Professional Development page. Contact Jake Koressel with questions.

Please Share with Current or Future AP Computer Science A Teachers

Are you prepared for the new College Board updates to your AP course? Is your school growing its AP Computer Science A program as a college readiness strategy? Have you considered attending the AP-TIP IN AP Summer Institute in Indianapolis? This AP Summer Institute will be held July 9 – 12. Registration and information are located here and on the Registration Site. Please contact Karen Morris with questions.


Office of Title Grants and Support

2019-2020 Non-English Speaking Program and Title III Allocations

Allocation notifications for the 2019-2020 Non-English Speaking Program (NESP) and Title III grants were sent to LEAs on June 3. The Title III application is now available, and the NESP application will be opened in July. Both grant applications will be due Friday, August 30. Title III Immigrant Influx allocations have also been posted on the Title III website.

Title Refresher Webinar

A refresher webinar regarding key reminders and minor changes for FY 2019-2020 was held on Thursday, May 23, for Title I program administrators. The slides can be found here. The recording can be found here


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