Superintendent's Message



Weekly Message from Superintendent Ritz
December 7, 2015

Happy Computer Science Education Week.  This morning I participated in an Hour of Code event at the Indiana Statehouse with students from Tindley Preparatory School and Arsenal Technical High School.

The first Hour of Code was organized in 2013, and this year we have more than 1100 events taking place across the state and more than 340 schools that have school-wide participation in their events.  I am excited to see such a high level of participation across our state, and I encourage those that aren't participating to reach out to the Department's Office of eLearning to learn how you participate.

I am also excited to announce that Clinton Young Elementary School in MSD Perry Township is the recipient of this year's Hour of Code $10,000 hardware award.

Important Assessment and Accountability Update

I would like to draw your attention to many updates to the timeline for release of information regarding assessment, accountability, and teacher performance grants.  The updated timeline reflects new completion dates for information that will impact release of final student test scores, the calculation of IGM and Negative Impact, as well as fund totals for teacher performance grants.

This new timeline is primarily linked to the increased volume of hand rescoring of student test items.  This year there were in excess of 292,000 requests for rescore as compared to 91,000 last year.

Therefore, with so many links between final student test data to all other calculations, the new timeline reflects new dates for related releases. 

The IDOE's publication of updated timelines should not indicate to you a lessening of our intention to seek Indiana General Assembly and State Board of Education support to holding schools and educators harmless for the 2014-15 assessment.  Rather, we are steadfast in that mission, but at the same time we must continue to carry out legislative directives related to the release and calculations of all data, including A-F accountability.

Have a great week!     

Sincerely, 

Glenda Ritz, Superintendent of Public Instruction


12/9/2015
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