Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Samantha Hart
Press Secretary
(317) 232-0550
hart@doe.in.gov

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Education released 2015 school accountability grades today. The final grades were approved unanimously by the State Board of Education during the January 26 Board meeting.

A spreadsheet reflecting the final school grades as approved by the State Board of Education is attached.

In response to this release, Glenda Ritz, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, issued the following statement:

“After more than 18 months spent advocating to hold our schools and teachers harmless for the transition to more rigorous college and career ready standards and the results of a more rigorous ISTEP+ assessment, I am pleased to release 2015 school accountability grades that do not penalize schools and communities for this transition. I want to thank Indiana’s students, educators, and families for their hard work and patience during this challenging school year.

“While I appreciate the work of the legislature to hold schools harmless for the results of last year’s ISTEP+ assessment, Indiana should move away from labeling Hoosier schools, and in turn Hoosier students, based on the results of a lengthy, pass/fail, high-stakes assessment. I support accountability but I support accountability that makes sense. I look forward to implementing Indiana’s new Student-Centered Accountability System which more accurately reflects the great work happening in our schools and communities every day.”

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* For press that previously received embargoed data, please use the updated sheet which reflects changes made during today’s meeting.