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Governor:Eric J. Holcomb
Superintendent of Public Instruction:Jennifer McCormick
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:1,046,269
Number of school districts:420
Number of public schools:1,922
Number of public school teachers:56,547
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,548
Percent minority students:28.3%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:49.1%
Percent of students with disabilities:16.3%
Percent of English-language learners:5.5%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:48.0%
8th grade math:37.4%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:37.0%
8th grade reading:41.1%

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An Indiana judge has denied a preliminary injunction that would have barred the state from requiring that seniors in this year's class who have disabilities pass a high school exit test to receive a diploma.
June 7, 2000 – Education Week
An Indiana lawsuit is believed to be the first to directly challenge the implementation of a high-stakes exit exam as a diploma requirement for special education students.

May 31, 2000 – Education Week
As Indiana has ratcheted up its expectations for young people, it also has invested heavily in remediation to help students pass its high school exit tests.
May 31, 2000 – Education Week
Indiana's academic standards are clear, concise, jargon-free, and generally well-aligned with the state's assessments, an independent review has found. But the guidelines for what students should learn in each grade have a low level of rigor compared with those of some other states, content is repeated across and within grades, and the tests are not as challenging as they should be, the analysis concludes.
February 9, 2000 – Education Week
CTB/McGraw-Hill knew of possible problems with one of its standardized tests several months earlier than the company previously acknowledged and eight months before its customers were notified, school officials in Indiana said last week.
October 20, 1999 – Education Week
On the heels of a new law that raises the performance bar for Indiana's K-12 students, the state education department is setting higher expectations for itself as well.
June 23, 1999 – Education Week
May 26, 1999 – Education Week
Twenty young people will receive a check in the mail this week from the Hammond, Ind., public schools simply for having been good students in high school.
September 9, 1998 – Education Week
Court-ordered desegregation plans in Indianapolis and Nashville, Tenn., are on their way out, following landmark developments in the legal battles that have embroiled the two city districts for decades.
July 8, 1998 – Education Week
A police officer brandishing a metal detector is the last thing 9-year-old Gabrielle Gaither expected to see as she hopped off her school bus in Indianapolis one recent morning. But the 4th grader at Joseph J. Bingham Elementary School vowed that she wasn't nervous as the officer scanned her backpack for weapons.
June 3, 1998 – Education Week

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