An Update From the Indiana Department of Education for July 5, 2019

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The Indiana Department of Education's (IDOE) Office of Special Education received the highest rating from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs. This determination is based on the totality of the State’s related data and information. Congratulations to the team for earning this distinguished recognition!

Office of Assessment

New! Three-Year Review Process for Students with No Mode of Communication

IDOE developed a systematic review for students identified as having No Mode of Communication during the 2016-2017 school year. This three-year review process is outlined here. Year three concludes with the 2019 administration of I AM. Corporations should expect communication from IDOE regarding the findings of this review in late July 2019. Please contact Stephanie Thompson with any questions about this process.

ILEARN Rescore Request Process Resources and Information Available

As of Monday, July 1, CTCs, NPSTCs, or STCs should follow directions in the updated TIDE User Guide to designate the new “Principal” user role. Principal users can access scoring information related to students’ open-ended items during the ILEARN rescore request process (July 15-31). Principals should review this brief training module that illustrates the mechanics of requesting item rescores. Parents and legal guardians must sign this non-disclosure statement before reviewing secure test materials. Schools must maintain locally any signed statements from this summer’s rescore request window. All three resources are posted in the Indiana Assessment Portal. 

ILEARN Rescore Requests for Students Moving Between Schools

A school’s ability to access a student’s item-level scores is determined by the student’s current enrollment status as reported via the DOE-RT collection. Generally, the school that tested the student has access to the student’s item-level data during the rescore request window and can submit rescore requests on behalf of the parent, as appropriate. However, it is possible for another school to indicate a newly enrolled student via the DOE-RT collection before or during the rescore request window, in which case the new school would facilitate any rescore requests.

Contact the AIR Help Desk via email or by calling 866-298-4256 with questions about requesting rescores in TIDE. Contact the Office of School Assessment with any policy-related questions.

IREAD-3 Last Day to Order July 5

Today, July 5, is the last day for schools to order additional IREAD-3 Summer materials for students requiring paper materials as an accommodation. Contact the AIR Help Desk via email or by calling 866-298-4256.

IREAD-3 Last Day to Return Materials

Paper books and all other material must be returned for scoring by July 19. Return shipping directions were included in your box with the initial delivery. Please follow those instructions promptly so the scoring process can begin. Books shipped or postmarked after July 19 will not be scored.


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!

World Languages Webinar

On July 17, IDOE will host a webinar for the new Indiana Academic Standards for World Languages. Suggested guidance for implementation of curriculum, lessons, and units will be featured. This session is open to all world language educators, curriculum leaders, and administrators. Educators will be provided time to work and have access to IDOE’s curriculum specialist and world languages committee members. To register for this free webinar, please sign up here. Connection information for the webinar will be sent once the registration has been submitted.

Resilience Film Screening Event

The Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana has endorsed a statewide series of screenings of the film Resilience. The movie describes the findings of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) study and discusses ways to cultivate children's resilience. The final screening is on July 18, and will include a panel of state leaders including IDOE, discussing how the state's child-serving systems are addressing trauma and fostering resilience. The event is free and open to the public. Click here for more information and to register.

Early Learning Newsletter Now Available

The July edition of #INspirEDearly, IDOE’s Early Learning Newsletter, is now available here! To get future editions emailed to you, subscribe on IDOE’s Early Learning Website.


Office of Title Grants and Support

RFPs Now Being Accepted for Charter School Program Quality Counts Grant

IDOE’s Office of Charter Schools and Special Programs is pleased to announce the release of the request for proposal (RFP) for Cohort 3 of the Charter School Program: Quality Counts Grant. The RFP is soliciting applications to start a new high-quality charter school, or expand or replicate a high-quality model. Please visit IDOE’s Charter School Program website and navigate to the Cohort 3 dropdown menu for grant materials and guidance documents. The updated version of the RFP extends eligibility to high-quality charter schools that have expanded by 20 percent or more or added an additional grade level.

The application due date has been extended to August 15, at 1:30 p.m. ET. Please reach out to Amreen Vora or Bea Pacheco for technical assistance and additional information.


Office of Innovation

Career Awareness and Career Development Requirement

Per House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1002, each school is required to complete the appropriate grade level form, linked below, no later than November 1. Additional information can be found in this memo.  

Industry Recognized Certifications

The Department of Workforce Development has recently posted the list of approved Industry Certifications for the 2019-2020 school year. The new list, titled “2019-2020 List of Indiana's Promoted Industry Certifications,” can be found here and should be used to satisfy the Graduation Pathway Industry Certification Postsecondary-Ready Competency.

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!

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. Session proposals can be submitted here. Direct questions to Michele Roberts, Director of Computing Outreach for IU School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering.


IDOE in the News

Eleven Indiana Schools Recognized for Model Counseling Programs

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) congratulates schools for being nationally recognized for having outstanding counseling programs. Learn more here.



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