Indiana’s proposed federal education plan has been published online and it is now in the hands of Gov. Eric Holcomb.
Indiana is required to submit a new federal education plan this year as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced the No Child Left Behind law in 2015.
The plan includes the state’s academic standards, how students will be tested on those standards and plans to help to failing schools.
One change includes state superintendent Jennifer McCormick’s recommendation to use student attendance as a factor in determining a school’s A-F accountability grade.
States must receive approval of their plans from the U.S. Department of Education to keep receiving hundreds of millions in federal funds.
Indiana’s plan includes major goals on improving student success. One of those is closing the achievement gap in English and mathematics by 50 percent by 2023 for special education students, students of color and other unique populations.
Holcomb now has 30 days to review and edit the plan, according to the Indiana education department. His approval is not required by the federal government.
As reported previously, the ESSA requires states to report graduation rates in a uniform manner. The rule change means Indiana’s least rigorous diploma, the general diploma, would no longer count in graduation rates.
Low graduation rates can hurt a school’s rating and lead to state intervention. About 8,600 students received a general diploma last year.
Shortly after taking office in January, McCormick initiated a seven-month feedback process for the public and educators to comment on the plan.