An Update From the Indiana Department of Education for June 14, 2019

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IDOE's Website Event Calendar Has Been Modernized


The Indiana Department of Education's (IDOE) website event calendar has been modernized with updated filtering features, designed to improve functionality. Visit the calendar and explore the new interface. Additionally, this video provides a brief demonstration.

Legislative Updates and Guidance

NEW Legislative Guidance Documents

  • Please read this important information regarding seizure disorder training requirements.

  • Please read this important information regarding referendums for school safety.

  • Please read this important information regarding virtual education requirements and funding.

  • Please read this important information regarding teacher appreciation grants.


Office of Assessment

“Interpreting Summative Reports and Data” Webinar Series Continues

Indiana educators are encouraged to participate in any of the ongoing webinars related to the ILEARN and I AM assessment reports and data. Registration is required for these trainings that repeat throughout the summer:

IREAD-3 Results Available 24 Hours After Testing

Currently IREAD-3 results are available within 24 hours once students submit their tests online. 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.


Office of School Building Physical Security and Safety

Indiana Secured School Safety Grant Program

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is soliciting schools to complete the System Administrator form in the IntelliGrants system, as preparations are made for the Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Indiana Secured School Safety Grant. The System Administrator form must be completed by noon on June 24. More information is available here.



Office of Accountability

2018-2019 Legal Standards Assurances

The window to submit assurances and demonstrate compliance with 2018-2019 legal standards is currently open. All traditional public schools and state accredited nonpublic schools must submit legal standard assurances to IDOE no later than June 30. Please note that assurances for school improvement plans and educator evaluations will be due at a later date.

For assistance on how to submit legal standard assurances, please refer to this guidance. Questions regarding legal standard assurances may be submitted here.


Office of School Finance

Save the Date - School Budget Workshop

The Indiana Department of Education Office of School Finance will sponsor a Budget Workshop on Wednesday, June 26 at the Pike Performing Arts Center, 6701 Zionsville Road, Indianapolis. The program begins at 9:00 a.m. (EDT) and will include presentations on IDOE finance related topics, data collection, and updates from the State Board of Accounts and the IN Employment and Education Relations Board. Registration is not required.

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

Understanding Childhood Trauma

Please join IDOE for a free conference featuring Dr. Robert Anda, co-author of the original ACES study. Attendees will learn how to impact the health of future generations by learning about the impact of trauma, community challenges, capacity building and much more. The conference will be held on two different dates;

  • July 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m,. Hammond

  • July 19, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Indianapolis

Please see the attached flyer for registration links.

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!

Updates Made to Gold Star School Counseling Recognition Program

Please see this memo regarding the update of the Indiana Gold Star School Counseling recognition program.

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. 

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.

Reading Plans and Reporting requirements of IC 20-35.5, et seq., as created by SEA 217 (2018)

IC 20-35.5, et seq., as created by SEA 217 (2018), requires all schools submitting a reading plan to include the following information:

  • Number of students who were administered an initial dyslexia screening during the school year

  • Number of students determined to be at risk or at some risk for dyslexia

This submitted data should be from the previous year. Schools are reporting data from the 2018-2019 school year in this reading plan (written for the 2019-2020 school year). Dyslexia screening was not mandated for the 2018-2019 school year, but still must be reported. The Indiana Department of Education understands that the 2018-2019 data (reported this year) may be significantly different from the coming years when the mandated screening is in place. Please contact Joe Risch with any additional questions.

Elementary Reading Plan

All State Board of Education accredited schools with a section of kindergarten, first, second, or third grade are required to submit an Elementary Reading Plan. The 2019-2020 Reading Plan submission window is open now and will close June 30. Please find updated guidance for the Reading Plan submission here. Questions may be directed to Rose Tomishima.

June Edition of the #InspirEDleaders Newsletter Now Available

The June edition of the #InspirEDleaders newsletter is here. Included in this month’s newsletter is information on the new School Improvement PD Menu, a plug for an upcoming PLC book study, summer reading recommendations, and a new section highlighting opportunities for leaders!


Office of Innovation

Dual Credit Partnership with IU

IDOE continues its dual credit partnership with Indiana University enabling an additional 125 teachers in mathematics, science, social studies, and English to receive the necessary credentials to meet the dual credit requirements of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Please click here for additional course information or to request more information from Indiana University. 

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.

Computer Science at the Beach

Looking for Computer Science PD that won’t interfere with vacation? Check out Computer Science At the Beach, free one-hour Computer Science podcasts on topics such as state standards, scope and sequencing, assessments, abstraction, algorithms, cybersecurity, problem based learning approaches, and more. Sign up once and then attend any free session your summer allows. Register here.


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

Request for External Peer Reviewers: McKinney-Vento Homeless

IDOE will hold a federal grant competition for McKinney-Vento Homeless Education program proposals later this year. In order to score these proposals in a fair and impartial manner, IDOE is soliciting individuals who are able to score proposals offsite in August and September who have expertise or experience with working with homeless children, youth, and families. Reviewers will receive an honorarium and training to complete the work. Submit your interest here by June 30 at 4:30 p.m. EST. Questions should be sent to Nathan Williamson.  

Evidence-Based Interventions (EBI) Rubric and Resources

LEAs that have Comprehension Support and Improvement (CSI) schools and are eligible for School Improvement Grant (SIG) funding must utilize Evidence-Based Interventions (EBIs) in their plan and grant applications. Utilize this new EBI Rubric to identify whether an intended study meets the evidentiary thresholds of ESSA and exemplifies annotated studies to learn how to identify the characteristics of an EBI. This study meets the highest tier of evidence and would be an eligible study to utilize, whereas this study represents high-quality research that could be used for other educational purposes, but not for CSI and SIG purposes. Questions and requests for additional support can be sent to Gina Romano, Senior Data Coach Specialist.


IDOE In the News

IDOE has announced recipients of the annual Advanced Placement awards. Learn more here.


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