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Indiana superintendent responds to conditions being placed on flexibility waiver

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Friday, the U.S. Department of Education told Indiana that a condition is now being placed on Indiana’s flexibility waiver under No Child Left Behind.
The waiver was requested in 2012 and would effectively help Indiana set its own goals in accordance with the standards the Fed has already set.
The U.S. Department of Education has reportedly been monitoring several states for adherence to standards.
In August, the Fed says they noticed violations.
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz responded to the condition talking about the monitoring report they received.
“Since the August visit and related feedback, my department has been working diligently to address the issues made public in today’s report,” said Ritz. “My department is prepared to demonstrate full compliance with our flexibility waiver and submit amendments that are necessary due to legislative action that has been taken since the 2013 legislative session.”
They plan to address the issue of college and career ready assessments with extensive review and an overhaul of their standards.
Monday the Indiana Department of Education adopted new Indiana Academic Standards.
“I have also recently formed the Assessment sub-committee of the Indiana State Board of Education that will work to align our new college and career ready standards with our assessments,” said Ritz. “With regards to school monitoring, I created the division of Outreach for School Improvement.”
She said that when the monitoring took place, the improvement division had just formed.
The Indiana Department of Education and U.S. Department of Education confer regularly about new legislation and government expectations
“They have indicated they are pleased with our progress to this date,” said Ritz. “Moving forward, we will respond to USED within the next two months with amendments that capture steps we have taken to ensure full compliance with our flexibility waiver. I look forward to working with Secretary Duncan to improve education for all Indiana students.”

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