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Last week’s release of IREAD-3 exam results revealed what the ILEARN results showed us last month: students are making small gains from last year’s test results − the first to show us the pandemic's effects on learning − but students are still not at pre-pandemic levels.
It was also the first time the state tested second graders on the IREAD exam,which measures foundational reading skills necessary for students continued academic success.Those results, from last spring's exam, are now being used to gauge where help is needed for current third graders.
We reported already that 62% of the second graders who took the test either passed or are on track to pass it next year, but let’s break that down a bit.
In the presentation given by the Indiana Department of Education, they said 44% of second graders passed the IREAD exam and 18% are on track to pass this school year. That means that 38% second graders who took the test last spring are at risk of not passing it this school year.
The state defines a student as being “on track” if they demonstrate expected understanding of foundational reading skills at grade two and score between 405 and 445 on the test. Students who are “at risk” are defined as demonstrating a limited understanding of foundational reading skills and score between 200 and 404 on the test.
Only about 40% of elementary schools statewide opted in, to allow the second grade testing, so those numbers don’t exactly show where the state’s entire second grade population is with reading proficiency at the moment. But it does show us that even some of our littlest learners will need more support this year.
house campus divided, indeed
ICYMI: We had big news Friday, friends! IU and Purdue are splitting IUPUI to establish their own academic programs in the city. IU will keep offering all the same programs and the two schools will keep working together. Oh, and they’re going to stay in the same place. But they’ll have new names!
We had NO idea, the IU-Purdue rivalry was this bitter.
Jokes aside, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Aside from some good-natured ribbing, Purdue President Mitch Daniels and IU President Pam Whitten appeared quite chummy on Friday during a joint press conference. Daniels thanked Whitten repeatedly, seemingly because she was the grease to his wheel of change. Daniels hinted that the split is something Purdue has been interested in for some time and said, explicitly, that Whitten is the one who made it happen.
They even, apparently, have something of a gag gift war going. Don’t believe us? Check out Extra Credit for the receipts.
It’s a pretty big deal that sent shockwaves through Indy/IUPUI/higher ed Friday afternoon but the actual split isn’t coming for another two years. The new programs won’t start until the fall semester of 2024, which should give Purdue time to come up with a name for theirs. IU is going with IU Indianapolis.
And because everything in this rivalry is more fun when you’re riling up a fan base, let’s pick a winner!
Right now, it’s looking like Purdue from our vantage point. #hottake
The boilermakers at least have the most to gain from this change.
It sounds like IU Indy will, more or less, be what IUPUI has already been. Something like 90% of the degrees that are awarded through the joint Indy campus would be awarded through the IU program and many of its graduate programs – the med school, dental school and one of its law schools – are already there. So, for IU, maybe not a huge change. They’ll continue to maintain the campus and they’ll keep sports.
Purdue, though, has an opportunity to really establish a new presence in the state’s largest city. Whereas the IU in Indy brand was already fairly strong, Purdue’s isn’t. There are plenty of fans, sure, and alumni – but its academic presence in the city just hasn’t been as visible. And it sounds like that’s something they want to change with an Indy campus that the university says will serve as an extension of its flagship in West Lafayette.
This all, of course, is just talking points and a vision right now. The fine points, like how this will impact students and faculty, will be worked out over the coming months and years. Stay tuned!
Need to catch up on education news from last week? Here’s your required reading.
In K-12 news:
Ever thought about hosting a foreign exchange student? Now could be your chance! Dozens of students are still looking for host families for the fall, and time is running out. The process to host, organizers say, is fairly simple.
You know how schools can hire adjunct teachers, now? Well, despite the difficulty in hiring, our friends at Chalkbeat report that schools aren't exploring that avenue just yet.
Beech Grove high school basketball coach, Mike Renfro, has been suspended from his teaching and coaching position after being arrested for charges surrounding the dealing and possession of cocaine. Renfro was named Marion County’s coach of the year earlier this year and led the team to win a class 3A state title last season.
We've been waiting to see what, if any, impact the fights over "critical race theory," COVID-19 policies and more would have on local school board races. Mishawaka might be giving us our first glimpse. A newly-declared candidate for school board there wants to make the board more conservative − and there are enough open seats to shift the balance.
While some school board races across the country are seeing tense races over “culture wars” issues this election year, areas like Muncie are facing the opposite problem and are struggling to get people to even run for the school board.
Teacher shortage shmeacher shortage, says Tippecanoe Schools. They're starting the year fully staffed.
In higher education news:
Going to college can be intimidating, especially for kids who've experienced the foster care system. They may not have the same support system back home, so Foster Success is bringing kids onto campus early to ease that transition.
It was board of trustees week (is that a thing? can we make it a thing?) at the state's largest higher ed institutions. While the IUPUI split dominated news, the actual vote was quick and came at the end of packed meetings. Purdue's trustees heard about the institutions record-breaking year.
And in Bloomington, everyone is preparing for the return of students.
Speaking of IU students... remember the new deal for the grad workers? Well, that may not be the end of it. Here's why they may still strike.
Nasser Paydar, the former IUPUI Chancellor who retired in March, was confirmed as assistant secretary for postsecondary education earlier this month. He was nominated by President Joe Biden just weeks after his retirement.
Many colleges having been looking to boost the mental health support available on-campus to students. For three small Indiana campuses, the answer is banding together. Curtis A. Wiseley was recently named the first executive director of the MINDful College Connections program, a unique consortium collaborating to address the mental health needs of students attending Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, DePauw University and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.
OK. So. Admittedly, it's not a great photo. But it IS a photo of Mitch Daniels in an IU (Indianapolis) hat. You're welcome, Hoosiers.
Until next week!
Arika & Caroline
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