An Update From the Indiana Department of Education for January 3, 2020

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Dr. Mac

Important Information Related to the 2020 U.S. Census

The upcoming U.S. Census is important because it will impact school access to federal dollars. School leaders and educators can use this memo and Phase 1 of the language toolkit to share information directly with families.

Office of Information Technology

Student-Level Financial Data Released

On December 31, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) released the detailed school-level financial reports under the "School Financial Reports" section of IDOE's website finance page. Additional information is available here. On January 6, IDOE will hold a media workshop to provide an overview of the new data, including tips on navigating the financial information now available. In light of this workshop, we wanted to make you aware of the possibility of increased attention your district’s finances and this topic overall.


IDOE in the News

2019 Graduation Rates 

On December 31, 2019, the Indiana Department of Education released 2019 graduation rates. Additional information is available here.

2018-2019 School Accountability Ratings

Today, IDOE released federal 2018-2019 school accountability ratings. You can find the press release here.


All IDOE Newsletters Available in One Location

Many IDOE offices produce monthly newsletters. As a convenience, all newsletters are available in one location.


Office of School Finance

Form 9 Financial Data Submission - January 2020

As part of the July to December 2019 Form 9 financial data submission process in January, IDOE will implement additional steps in the Form 9 upload process to comply with federal reporting and documentation requirements and state transparency requirements. Three additional steps added to the Form 9 financial data submission process are expected to provide sufficient documentation of the appropriate use of object codes for federal reporting purposes and the calculation of indirect cost rates. Additional information is available in this memo, released in November.


Office of Assessment

Item Writing Workshop

IDOE is seeking 13 educators for English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies in grades 3 - 8 and High School (Biology) to write items for ILEARN assessments. A two-day workshop will be held in late February/early March. Educators will be trained on item-writing best practices to construct these items. Educators will be expected to develop approximately 10 items in a six-month time frame outside of the standard school day, and will be compensated for additional items written outside of the workshop. Assistance will be offered to educators during the development cycle. Interested participants should complete the following Jotform. A subset of applicants will be identified for a follow-up phone conversation to define the expectations for this process and to gather details about content and assessment expertise of the applicant. Final selections will be made by February 7.


Office of Academics / Curriculum and Instruction

Disciplinary Literacy Book Study

IDOE’s literacy team is excited to announce a great professional learning opportunity for all K-12 educators of any subject! The literacy team is hosting a book study over The Writing Revolution. The purpose of the book study is to provide educators with strategies that, when explicitly taught, improve students’ writing abilities across all subjects and grades. The study will last from January through March. Sign up for the course at Moodle using the enrollment TWR2020. Please email Kelly Waller with questions. 

Math Book Study Begins January 9

Join IDOE's math specialists for an eight-week virtual book study around Jo Boaler’s Limitless Mind: Learn, Lead, and Live Without Barriers beginning January 9. Sign up here today. Contact Emily Bruning for more information.

Registration Open for Analytical Algebra II Meetings

Register for the Analytical Algebra II spring learning and collaboration meeting in Indianapolis, Jasper, or Warsaw by clicking on the location. Participants will engage in model lessons, discuss resources/strategies, develop lessons and activities collaboratively, and continue to build community. Contact Robin Conti with questions.


Office of Academics / Title Grants and Support

Survey to Gather Data on Partnership Between Local Education Agency's and Non-Public Schools

Through IDOE’s Office of Title Grants Support (TGS), quantitative and qualitative data collection is crucial to the improvement process of building positive, productive, proactive, prolonged, and polite partnerships. IDOE’s Ombudsman, in conjunction with TGS, are disseminating the inaugural local education agency and non-public school surveys. These surveys are focused on the multi-facets of working relationships such as the consultation process, implementation and evaluation of equitable services, and general inquiries. The anonymous survey will close on February 7. Survey results will strengthen the long-lasting relationships present in Indiana, offer new insights, and provide solutions to common concerns. Your participation is integral to improving the partnerships between LEAs and NPSs. A survey option is available for non-public schools and local education agencies.

Cultural Competency Professional Learning for Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) Schools

Building and district leaders are encouraged to join IDOE and IUPUI for an introductory webinar on January 28 to support identified Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) schools in the upcoming year. The webinar will discuss free in-person and virtual technical assistance and coaching for TSI schools with underperforming student groups to enact change regarding equity, pedagogy, curriculum, and family-community-school engagement. Additional information is available here.

Dual Language Immersion Basics

IDOE's EL team will be providing an opportunity to explore the basics of dual language immersion, to identify useful planning resources, and to provide guidance for the upcoming dual language immersion grant. For administrators interested in learning more about multilingualism and equity, please join IDOE on January 16 at 4 p.m. ET. Here is a link to the Webex information on the IN EL PD opportunities calendar. Please contact Nicole Leach with any questions.


Office of Academics / Workforce and Innovation

Digital Learning / Community Advisory Grant Opportunity

IDOE is excited to launch the 2019-2020 Digital Learning / Community Advisory Grant. Funding will be made available on a competitive basis for districts to strategically develop a plan for technology integration into the classroom. Additional information can be found here. Please contact Ben Carter with questions.

Girls Who Code Club Affiliation

When applying to start your Girls Who Code Club, please indicate your affiliation with IDOE on the application to ensure you receive community partner funding. If you are unsure if your club is officially affiliated with IDOE, please contact Poonam Gill, Indiana’s Partnership Coordinator at Girls Who Code.

Applications Open for Professional Development Programs

Applications are now open for middle and high school educators interested in participating in professional development related to Computer Science Discoveries or Computer Science Principles. For more information and to apply, click here. Contact Jake Koressel with questions.


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