An Update From the Indiana Department of Education for September 6, 2019

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Teacher Appreciation Grants


In order to qualify for the Teacher Appreciation Grant (TAG), all public and charter districts must annually submit TAG policies. TAG policies are due September 13 and must be submitted here. For more information, please click here. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Chris Kates.


Office of Assessment

ILEARN and I AM Results Embargo Lifted

The Spring 2019 ILEARN results became public on Wednesday, September 4, following the State Board of Education meeting. As a reminder, these results reflect final data calculations based on state data sources and may vary slightly from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) system. ILEARN and I AM corporation- and school-level data will become available in DOE Compass and Learning Connection soon.

ILEARN and I AM: Online Reporting System (ORS) Helpful Reminders

ILEARN and I AM Spring 2019 scores have been released in the Online Reporting System (ORS). Please consider these reminders when accessing student test results. Email the AIR Help Desk or call (866) 298-4256 with any questions.


ISPROUT is now active, and data managers can add teachers and students. Trainers have begun working with teachers to assist in assessing students. A webinar for Data Managers has been added for September 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. A list of frequently asked questions has been added to the ISPROUT website and will be updated.

Office of School Improvement

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. In addition, the week of September 8 – 14 is National Suicide Prevention Week. With that in mind, IDOE is sharing the following information and resources related to suicide prevention. 

Crown Point Added to Multi-tiered Systems of Support Regional Training Schedule

An additional day of training on how Multi-tiered Systems of Support can be implemented has been added to the list of regional trainings. Please register at this link for the date and location that works for your school or district. Please contact Christy Berger with any questions.

Homebound Instruction Guidance

Superintendents and administrators will find guidance on homebound instruction here. This information includes guidance on the roles played by parents, physicians, and other relevant issues.

Green Ribbon Award Application Process Opens September 9

IDOE will open the Green Ribbon Schools Award application process on September 9. The Indiana Green Ribbon Schools Award program is a joint partnership with the United States Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Awards. The Indiana Green Ribbon Schools program highlights schools in Indiana that educate students about human environmental impact on their communities. In 2019, Goshen Community Schools received this prestigious award. Individual schools, school systems, and institutions of higher education are all eligible to apply. To learn more, visit IDOE’s Green Ribbon site by clicking here. Please contact Matt Walsh for more information and to request an application packet.

Great Information for Early Educators

The September edition of #INspirEDearly, IDOE’s Early Learning Newsletter, is now available here. To receive future editions, please subscribe on IDOE’s Early Learning Website.

#INspirEDlit September Newsletter

September’s edition of the #INspirEDlit Newsletter is filled with ideas to build a literacy-rich classroom together with your students. Check out the September issue here.


Office of Technology

Update - Changes Ahead for Accessing All IDOE Systems

Indiana educators will soon be able to use their local G-Suite for Education or Microsoft’s 365 username/passwords to login to IDOE systems! IDOE has configured domain information for 605 public corps/charters and non-public, accredited schools. Those chools that do not have one of these products should consider using one or the other to streamline access to IDOE systems. Please note that as additional systems go live, these credentials will be used to access new systems. The list of organizations that have been configured, and current status of onboarding is available here. If your accredited school or corporation is not on this list, please search your email for the instructions (keyword: LINK Portal). If you need assistance, please use this email.


Office of Innovation

Staff Performance Evaluation Plans

Per State Statute, all public schools must annually submit Staff Performance Evaluation Plans to Standard Accreditation 12 in DOE-Online. Staff Performance Evaluation Plans are due by September 13. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Chris Kates.

Draft Indiana Educator Standards for Public Comment

As part of IDOE's ongoing efforts to ensure IDOE educator standards are aligned to the most current state and national standards, educators and the general public may review the draft REPA 3 educator standards in Elementary Education Generalist, Middle School Social Studies, and Social Studies - Historical Perspectives.

The draft standards reflect the content knowledge and pedagogical skills required of a beginning teacher in the referenced content areas as identified by representatives from higher education, content specialists, and practicing educators. 

Those interested in providing public comment can do so by visiting the following link(s):

The links will remain open until 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on October 8.

IN-MaC Micro Grants

Indiana Manufacturing Competitiveness Center (IN-MaC) is offering micro grants. This program aims to provide grant funding to education (K-16), industry, and community-based organizations who implement creative ways to enhance youth industry experiences. Ranging from $1,000 - $2,000, the Micro-Grants are designed to support innovation and encourage organizations to dedicate funds towards development and program implementation that impact industry awareness. The application opened on September 1 and runs through May 31. The application can be found here. Please contact Lisa Deck with questions.

Employability Skills Standards

According to I.C. 20-30-5-14, schools need to include employability skills into their curriculum. The State Board of Education recently approved K-12 employability skills standards. IDOE has published the third of a series of resources related to employability skills standards; the employability skills standards poster. The poster is designed to bring awareness to the new standards and is a collaboration between IDOE, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, and the Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship.

Career Awareness and Career Development Requirement

By November 1, each school is required to complete the appropriate grade level form linked below. Additional information can be found in this memo.  

Indiana K-12 Work-Based Learning Manual

In partnership with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship, and educators from around the state, the Indiana Department of Education is publishing the 2019-2020 Indiana K-12 Work-Based Learning Manual. The manual provides an overview of the 11 program criteria, which provide a baseline for developing and further defining high-quality work-based learning. The manual also includes important resources and templates to help you launch your own work-based learning experiences for students.

Industry Certifications

The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has recently updated the application to propose an industry certification for inclusion on Indiana’s Promoted List of Industry Certifications. This new application reflects the updated guidelines and criteria that will be utilized to consider each certification for inclusion on the list. The DWD has also included a new Industry Certification Removal Request form. Schools, employers, and workforce boards can utilize this form to request the removal of a certification that might no longer be relevant or valued by industry. For more information click here. Please use this email to submit any questions. 

ASVAB Career Exploration Program Event

The ASVAB Career Exploration Program (CEP) is a Graduation Pathway option in Indiana. Did you know ASVAB not just a military test? The ASVAB CEP helps students (sophomore and above) identify potentially satisfying career fields and all options to career field entry, and gives them the tools to make actionable, informed post-secondary plans.

On Thursday, September 12, from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. EST in the Ben Davis High School Auditorium, IDOE will host an ASVAB Career Exploration Program orientation event. Here, attendees will receive an overview of the program components (ASVAB, interest inventory, career catalog, career workshop, and the role educators, counselors and parents play in ASVAB CEP), explanation of the differences between the ASVAB CEP and the Enlistment ASVAB, and a discussion on how the ASVAB CEP can be used by all eligible students (regardless of post-secondary intention). This presentation will be the first in a series hosted by IDOE to help interested parties use all available tools in the ASVAB CEP.

Each high school in Indiana is encouraged to send their ASVAB point of contact, whether that is a counselor, administrator, or teacher. Please register here.

Computer Science Implementation Toolkit

Is your district at the beginning of its computer science journey? Do you need assistance in developing your strategy? Check out this newly developed Computer Science Implementation Toolkit for support. Contact Jake Koressel, Computer Science Specialist, with questions or additional assistance.

IU Adds Computer Science to Dual-Credit Offerings

Click here for information on new computer science dual-credit offerings through Indiana University’s Advance College Project.

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Computer Science Grant Information

PLTW has a computer science grant available to Indiana schools. Grants like this support new and existing PLTW programs. Learn more by attending an informational session (RSVP here), or visit the PLTW grants page. Contact Theresa Hall with questions.


Office of School Finance

Fall and Spring Membership Count Dates

IDOE will collect an average daily membership (ADM) count of students in the fall on September 13 and in the spring on February 3, 2020. Both counts will be used to determine funding for the Basic Tuition Support Grant. Please read the Membership (DOE-ME) layout which can be found in Data Layouts at the following link. For questions regarding membership, please email Melissa Ambre. The fall count date is September 13.

Fall and Spring Full Time Equivalency Count Dates for Adult Learner Charter Schools

IDOE will collect a full time equivalency (FTE) count of students participating in charter school Adult Learner programs in the fall on September 13, and in the spring on February 3, 2020. Both counts will be used to determine Adult Learner distributions to qualifying charter schools. Please read the Membership (DOE-MA) layout which can be found in Data Layouts at the following link. For questions regarding the FTE count, please email Melissa Ambre. The fall count date is September 13.

Summer School

The deadline for public and charter schools to submit the Final Instructional Costs Report for Summer School 2019 is September 13, 2019.  Eligible schools are posted in this memoThe link to access the report is posted on our website or it can be accessed directly by clicking on this link. If you have additional questions about the Final Instructional Costs Report for Summer School 2019, please contact Kathryn Roth or Melissa Ambre. Reports are due by September 13.


Office of Title Grants and Support

State Payment of 2020 Advanced Placement Exams

Please see the attached memo regarding the state payment of 2020 Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Questions may be sent to Nathan Williamson.

Free Data Coaching Available to LEA's

The Office of Title Grants and Support is offering free data coaching to LEAs in need of assistance with collecting, analyzing, and visualizing their data. This type of support includes workshops, professional development activities, resource development, and other types of services. More information and the link to the data coaching intake form are available here.

High Ability Coordinators Conference October 3

The Indiana High Ability (HA) Coordinators Conference will be held on October 3. Click here for more information. This free event is sponsored by IDOE's Office of High Ability to ensure all Indiana HA Coordinators have an opportunity to learn the latest in high ability education, to share their needs directly with IDOE personnel, and to collaborate with other high ability coordinators around the state. Please join us!


Information from the Governor's Workforce Cabinet

The State Board of Education (SBOE) approved Career and Technical Education (CTE) course amendments for the 2019-2020 Course Titles and Descriptions on August 7. This memo explains reporting allowances to be included in InTERS, the CTE data collection portal, which will provide greater flexibility within the required prerequisites for the Entrepreneurship and New Ventures Capstone course.


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