An Update From the Indiana Department of Education for January 24, 2020

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Now is the Time to Register for Title Con 20/20


Registration for Title Con 20/20 is open, and spaces are quickly filling up. To date, more than half of the available spots have been reserved. This year, all registration will be completed online via EventBrite. You may request a maximum of five registrations at a time. Once registered, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with your ticket. If you have any questions, please contact your Federal Grants Specialist.

Office of Assessment

Winter 2020 ILEARN Biology ECA: Additional Order (AO) Window Opens Monday

Students completing the high school biology course at second trimester should participate in the Winter 2020 Biology ECA, scheduled for next month. There is no initial order process for this window. CTCs must place requests for any paper tests in AIR’s Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) via the AO window, which opens Monday, January 27. Please contact the AIR Indiana Helpdesk with any questions.

Spring 2020 ILEARN 3-8 and ECAs: Initial and AO Windows

Schools and corporations must report student accommodations via the Indiana IEP (IIEP) and/or DOE-TA by next Thursday, January 30 to receive an initial shipment of regular and large print assessment books. Orders for regular and large print assessment books can also be placed during the appropriate AO window. ALL braille and Spanish assessment books must be ordered in TIDE during the appropriate AO window. Please contact the AIR Indiana Helpdesk with any questions.

Spring 2020 ILEARN Indiana Educator Scoring Opportunity: Application Window Open through March 16

Indiana educators interested in scoring open-ended ILEARN 3-8 and ECA items may now apply through March 16. This updated flyer includes links to the online application and the new Indiana Educator Scoring Frequently Asked Questions. Please contact the AIR Indiana Helpdesk with any questions.

ISPROUT Reports Webinars

IDOE and Johns Hopkins University Center for Technology in Education will be hosting two webinars to provide information on reporting options within the ISPROUT dashboard including new tools coming soon. They will be held on February 18 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. and February 19 from 11 a.m. to noon. To register, click on the date you would like to attend. A recording will be made available following the sessions. Questions can be communicated by email to Felecia Jordan or by calling her at 317-232-9038.

Share with Educators! Braille Accommodations for I AM Must be Noted in Indiana IEP (IIEP) by January 30

All I AM braille accommodations must be noted in IIEP no later than January 30 for students to receive braille forms for the 2020 administration of I AM. IDOE will be unable to fulfill requests for braille after January 30, as these accommodated forms are only created on an as-needed basis. Questions about braille accommodations can be emailed to Stephanie Thompson or by calling her at 317-234-5601.


Office of Accountability

Managing Your Graduation Rate: Installment Three: Tasks for Managing Your Graduation Rate

Ensuring the accuracy of the graduation rate takes a significant amount of work and communication by many individuals working in Indiana high schools. Registrars, school counselors, principals, and data personnel must work together for the best results to occur. This installment of “Managing Your Graduation Rate” outlines steps considered to be the bare minimum “cohort to-do list,” so issues can be found and corrected early. Read the article here.


Office of School Finance

Summer School Estimates

The window to submit the Estimated Instructional Costs Report and List of Courses for Summer School 2020 will open on February 5. Please see this memo for information regarding eligible courses, important dates, and financial provisions. Detailed information about the summer school program and how to report is included in Summer School 101. If you have questions, please contact Kathryn Roth or Melissa Ambre.

February 3 Membership Count

The second membership count date for the 2019-2020 school year is February 3. This is a required count for all public school corporations and charter schools. The data will be used to calculate January to June Basic Grant funds. Specific information regarding the layout can be found here. Please read the following memo for additional information regarding the count. If you have questions, please contact Amy Pattison or Melissa Ambre.


Office of Special Education

Regional Meetings on Results Driven Accountability (RDA) Scheduled

The Office of Special Education is having regional roadshows to discuss RDA. Roadshows will be held throughout February. Learn about dates, locations, and how to register here.


Office of Academics / Curriculum and Instruction

#INspirEDmath Newsletter

This month the #INspirEDmath newsletter focuses on making sense of the world by modeling with mathematics. Read here to learn what Math Process Standard #4 really means, implementation suggestions, and helpful resources.

Analytical Algebra II Support

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 / Workforce and Innovation

Applications for Spanish Visiting Teacher Program

Applications for the SY 2020-2021 Spanish Visiting Teacher Program can be found here. The application deadline is March 20.

Family Friendly Schools

The Family Friendly Schools program honors schools welcoming all families into the school community. This includes communicating effectively, supporting student success, speaking up for every child, sharing power, and collaborating with the community. Click this link to view the newly designated Family Friendly Schools and those renewing their designation.


A new computer science professional development opportunity for Indiana K-12 teachers will be available starting this summer. The year-long, hybrid program is aimed at deepening participant content knowledge and gaining confidence in teaching computer science. Find more information here. Complete this survey to connect with other educators.

The Indiana Purple Star School Designation

The Indiana Purple Star School Designation honors schools that have displayed a significant commitment to service members, veterans, and students and families connected to our Nation’s Military. IDOE will honor the first cohort of schools earning this designation in the Fall of 2020. The memo can be found here

February is Indiana Digital Learning Month

Indiana Digital Learning Month 2020 offers many opportunities throughout February to learn about strengthening student learning experiences with the effective use of technology in instructional practices. This is an opportunity for educators to share their digital learning stories. Visit the Digital Learning Day website and register your local events. Check out Indiana Digital Learning Month events here.

Office of Academics / Title Grants and Support

2020 Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning

The Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning is Indiana’s premier conference designed exclusively for out-of-school time program providers. More than 600 participants from youth programs, schools, and community partners will learn new ideas, access valuable resources, and transform learning beyond the school day. The April 14-15 event will take place at the Indiana Convention Center, and is hosted by the Indiana Afterschool Network and IDOE.

Title Grants Newsletter Now Available

The February Issue of #INspirEDgrants, a newsletter by the Office of Federal Grants and Support, is now available. The newsletter contains helpful information, resources and ideas to consider in thinking about Title Grants. Please take a moment to review the latest issue here.

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