The Fort Wayne Community School board voted last week to not help the Indiana Department of Education pilot questions for next year’s ISTEP+, saying they didn’t want to subject their students to additional, unnecessary testing.
Thea Bowman Leadership Academy in Gary is seeking a second chance from Indiana Charter Board after Ball State University declined to renew its charter over long-standing governance concerns. Two Indiana laws intended to prevent failing charter schools from escaping closure or accountability through finding another sponsor could now face their first test.
Grades approved by the board reflect changes signed into law last month. The law ensures lower ISTEP scores do not negatively impact schools during the state’s transition to more rigorous college and career ready academic standards.