2013 NAEP: How Does Indiana Compare?

Education and Literacy

2013 NAEP: How Does Indiana Compare?

This issue brief discusses Indiana's performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) for 2013. The NAEP is the U.S. Government assessment used to rank student achievement.

January 2014

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Indiana

Shifting Gears: Building New Pathways for Low-Skilled Workers to Succeed in the 21st Century Economy

Education and Literacy, Employment and Labor

Shifting Gears: Building New Pathways for Low-Skilled Workers to Succeed in the 21st Century Economy

This program specifically focuses on innovative strategies that connected a state's adult basic education system with its community and technical college system. It purposely examines the extent to which the six Shifting Gears states gained "traction on the ground" by incorporating these innovative strategies into existing programs. Gaining this traction among adult basic education providers and community and technical colleges signals that states may be on a positive trajectory toward systems change.

By the end of the five-year period, four of the six Shifting Gears states had implemented innovative strategies to serve low-skilled adults. Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Wisconsin succeeded in enrolling a total of about 4,000 low-skilled adults in their innovative programs -- a modest number that is expected to grow considerably during the next several years as these strategies and program are embraced by more organizations within the states.

Each of the four states Shifting Gears teams pursued a "career pathway framework," creating new programs to help low-skilled adults transition from adult basic education to community and technical colleges and gain credentials with economic value.

The state teams stopped using Joyce resources to finance local projects at the start of Phase Two. Instead, they financed local program development and implementation by leveraging state dollars, encouraging use of traditional funding streams and engaging other stakeholders within state government and in the community (e.g., local philanthropy, community non-profits). These funding strategies have moved the Shifting Gears initiative beyond a "boutique" effort and closer to the desired goal of systems change.

January 2013

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Wisconsin, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Minnesota, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Indiana, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Illinois

Perspectives: On the Key PK-12 Education Legislation of 2013

Education and Literacy

Perspectives: On the Key PK-12 Education Legislation of 2013

The 2013 session of the 118th Indiana General Assembly adjourned sine die on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The legislature considered over 2,200 bills during the session, many of which addressed education policy and school governance, or were child-related legislation. The following is a summary of 12 key PK-12 education bills that were enacted into law by the legislature. Many other bills were passed by the legislature on a number of public policy topics including PK-12 education, higher education, and child welfare and advocacy. For more information on these laws, go to: www.in.gov/legislative. The acts of legislation included in this report were selected by the Center for Evaluation & Education Policy (CEEP) at Indiana University for their significance and potential long-term impact on the PK-12 education delivery system in Indiana.

A unique feature of this legislative summary is the inclusion of commentary and perspectives from statewide education and advocacy associations on the new laws. Representatives from many associations were invited to share their views concerning the pros and cons of the new laws because of their knowledge and expertise of topics covered by the legislation. These education leaders were generally invited to comment on each new law highlighted in this publication. However, of those who responded, many were selective in which laws they chose to share remarks. The summary also includes the perspectives of Dr. Russ Skiba, Equity Project Director, and Terry Spradlin, Director for Education Policy at CEEP. These comments do not represent, nor are they necessarily endorsed by CEEP.

July 2013

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Indiana

Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism in Indiana: The Impact on Student Achievement

Education and Literacy

Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism in Indiana: The Impact on Student Achievement

Student attendance serves as an effective predictor of future academic achievement as well as of high school graduation. An analysis of Indiana attendance data indicates a direct link between absenteeism and school achievement, with chronically absent students scoring lower on achievement tests and dropping out of high school at higher rates than peers with better attendance.

This Education Policy Brief summarizes the research and data analysis completed by CEEP on Indiana's student attendance and absenteeism data. The study was initiated by The Indiana Partnerships Center and conducted by CEEP with funding from USA Funds and State Farm. Additional partners in the study are the Marion County Commission on Youth, Net Literacy, and Attendance Works. The intended use of the study is to inform educators, families, community partners, and policymakers about the status of attendance in Indiana and the degree to which poor attendance impacts student achievement and attainment. Findings indicate that although the majority of schools report good average daily attendance, chronic absenteeism occurs in schools in all areas of Indiana.

This brief quantifies the prevalence of chronic absenteeism in Indiana and describes the impact of chronic absenteeism on achievement and graduation at the student, school, and locality level. Additionally, best practices for improving attendance are discussed, and examples of successful interventions provided. This brief concludes with a set of recommendations for education leaders and policymakers to consider that will ensure sufficient attention, reporting, and action to reduce chronic absenteeism in Indiana and help improve academic outcomes for thousands of Hoosier students.

August 2012

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Indiana

Effects of Postsecondary Correctional Education, The

Education and Literacy;Human Rights and Civil Liberties;Prison and Judicial Reform

Effects of Postsecondary Correctional Education, The

Presents findings on the effect of prison-based postsecondary education on offenders during incarceration and on post-release employment and recidivism. Explores offenders' and stakeholders' views on the value and challenges of such programs.

May 2009

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Indiana;North America-United States (Northeastern)-Massachusetts;North America-United States (Southwestern)-New Mexico

Indiana Nonprofit Employment: Trends in Education, 1995-2009

Education and Literacy;Employment and Labor;Nonprofits and Philanthropy

Indiana Nonprofit Employment: Trends in Education, 1995-2009

Presents findings about nonprofit employment in colleges and universities, elementary and secondary schools, and junior colleges, including the rate of increase and share among nonprofit industries, organization size, payroll, and average annual wages.

May 2012

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Indiana

Productivity Push, The

Education and Literacy

Productivity Push, The

Profiles Arizona's efforts to raise higher education productivity -- delivering quality education to more students at lower cost -- via partnerships between community colleges and state universities. Lists initiatives in other grantee states.

July 2010

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Southwestern)-Arizona;North America-United States (Midwestern)-Indiana;North America-United States (Southern)-Maryland;North America-United States (Western)-Montana;North America-United States (Midwestern)-Ohio;North America-United States (Southern)-Tennessee;North America-United States (Southwestern)-Texas

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