The Indiana State Board of Education has approved a growth table to be used as part of the state’s new A-F grading formula. At its monthly meeting, the board also voted to indefinitely pause efforts to raise the requirements for high school diplomas.
The growth table approved by the board is now available for public comment for 30 days. Vice Chair Sarah O’Brien says the table plays a part in making sure the state’s new A-F accountability system will "recognize more than just the number of students who pass statewide exams." The board will vote on final approval next month.
The board’s decision to step away from plans to raise diploma requirements stems in part from the percentage of Indiana high school graduates requiring remediation in college dropping by 13 percent between 2011 and 2014. The class of 2016 will be the first to graduate under Indiana’s new academic standards.
Also during this week’s meeting, the board approved making a total of $25 million available to public schools for construction and technology improvement loans.
The Indiana State Board of Education’s next meeting is set for Friday, April 16.