There’s positive news to be found in a just released report from the Indiana Department of Education. According to the 2015 Career Readiness Report, students who earn at least six career and technical education credits have higher graduation rates, and ISTEP+ scores. Those same students are also less likely to need remedial help in college. The data review found more than 5,500 high school students earned college credits last year. Also, more than 3,000 of those students earned at least one industry-recognized credential.
Read the complete report here.
Purdue University President Mitch Daniels announced June 18 the university’s plan to open a new STEM-focused charter school and the intent to expand throughout the state in future years. Purdue Polytechnic Indianapolis High School, an educational experience designed to provide a bridge for inner-city students to succeed in high school and beyond, will open in August 2017.
Read the complete press release here.
Elementary and middle school educators in search of multimedia teaching materials can turn to the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC). The STEM initiative run by the Smithsonian Institution has launched a web series called Good Thinking! that seeks to clear up scientific misconceptions through its cast of pleasant, colorfully-animated characters. Good Thinking! takes place in a classroom where an instructor named Ms. Reyes teaches a perfectly diverse group of students. Some episodes explore specific topics, such as natural selection, while others take a more theoretical approach by discussing the ways in which students think and process information.
See the complete article here.
As part of the Indiana Career Council, the Core 40 subcommittee was established in 2014 per IC-20-19-6-9 to examine the current Core 40 diploma offerings and make recommendations to the State Board of Education, which may include:
- Changing course requirements for the Core 40 diploma
- Changing the types of diplomas offered in Indiana
- Analysis of need in Indiana for a Career & Technical Education (CTE) diploma and/or CTE offerings
Over the past several months, and through the chairmanship of both Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and Commissioner of Higher Education Teresa Lubbers, a large committee made up of stakeholders representing business and industry, higher education, school administration, K-12 educators, special educators, and CTE directors has developed the following proposed draft of diploma requirements to be implemented with the freshman class of 2018-2019. Please go to http://www.doe.in.gov/ccr/indiana-high-school-diploma-survey to review the drafts and then take the survey that follows. Open through June 30th.