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Indiana’s State Highlights

January 03, 2006 2 min read
Vital Statistics
Public schools 1,911
Public school teachers 59,924
Pre-K-12 students 1,011,130
Annual pre-K-12 expenditures $8.1 billion
Minority students 18.5%
Children in poverty 15%
Students with disabilities 16.9%
English-language learners 4.2%

Summary of Grades

Indiana scores above the national average in three of the four graded state policy categories in Quality Counts.

In standards and accountability, Indiana receives one of the highest grades in the nation. Its ranking largely stems from the state’s top score on indicators related to standards. It has standards that the American Federation of Teachers has rated as clear, specific, and grounded in content for all four core subjects at every grade span. The state also performs well on measures of accountability.

Indiana is also above average in its efforts to improve teacher quality. The state does well on teacher-assessment indicators, but has room to improve on policies related to professional support and training. For example, Indiana does not require and finance mentoring for all novice teachers.

In the school climate category, Indiana scores just below the national average. The state falls short on indicators related to school facilities because it does not track the condition of all school facilities or provide funding for school construction.

Indiana performs better than average on resource equity. Its score on the wealth-neutrality measure indicates that poorer districts in the state tend to have higher per-pupil funding levels than do wealthier districts. Indiana is one of only 10 states in which this pattern is found.

State Policy Report Card
Indiana Avg. State Score
Standards and accountability A B-
Efforts to improve teacher quality B- C+
School climate C C+
Resource equity B- C
Overall Grade B C+
Quality Counts Grading Breakdown
Standards and accountability Points awardedPoints possible
Standards 40 40
Assessment 25 30
School accountability 30 30
95 100
Efforts to improve teacher quality Points awardedPoints possible
Teacher education and qualifications 27.21 35
Teacher assessment 27.3 30
Professional support and training 14.25 20
Accountability for teacher quality 12.6 15
81 100
School climate Points awardedPoints possible
Engagement 10.33 15
School safety 16.25 20
Parent involvement 10.2 15
Choice and autonomy 16 20
Class size 9.78 10
School size 7.5 10
School facilities 5 10
75 100
Resource equity Points awardedPoints possible
Wealth-neutrality score 33.33 33.3
McLoone Index 21.67 33.3
Coefficient of variation 25 33.3
80 100

Note: Details may not sum to totals due to rounding.

Grading Curve A (93-100), A- (90-92), B+ (87-89), B (83-86), B- (80-82), C+ (77-79), C (73-76), C- (70-72), D+ (67-69), D (63-66), D- (60-62), F (0-59)

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