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IC 20-31-8
     Chapter 8. Assessing Improvement

IC 20-31-8-1
ISTEP scores and other assessments
    
Sec. 1. (a) The performance of a school's students on the ISTEP program test and other assessments recommended by the education roundtable and approved by the state board are the primary and majority means of assessing a school's improvement.
    (b) The education roundtable shall examine and make recommendations to the state board concerning:
        (1) performance indicators to be used as a secondary means of determining school progress;
        (2) expected progress levels, continuous improvement measures, distributional performance levels, and absolute performance levels for schools; and
        (3) an orderly transition from the performance based accreditation system to the assessment system set forth in this article.
    (c) The education roundtable shall consider methods of measuring improvement and progress used in other states in developing recommendations under this section.
    (d) The education roundtable may consider:
        (1) the likelihood that a student may fail a graduation exam and require a graduation waiver under IC 20-32-4-4 or IC 20-32-4-5; and
        (2) remedial needs of students who are likely to require remedial work while the students attend a postsecondary educational institution or workforce training program;
when making recommendations under this section.
As added by P.L.1-2005, SEC.15. Amended by P.L.268-2013, SEC.4.

IC 20-31-8-2
Secondary means of assessing performance
    
Sec. 2. (a) In addition to scores on the ISTEP program test and other assessments, the department shall use the performance indicators developed under section 1 of this chapter and the benchmarks and indicators of performance in each school corporation's annual performance report as a secondary means of assessing the performance of each school and school corporation.
    (b) The department shall assess school performance in the following manner:
        (1) Compare the academic performance and growth of the individual students in each school and each school corporation with the prior academic performance and growth of the individual students in the school or school corporation and not to the performance of other schools or school corporations.
        (2) Compare the results in the annual report under IC 20-20-8 with the benchmarks and indicators of performance established in the plan for the same school.


        (3) Compare the results for a school by comparing each student's results for each grade with the student's prior year results, with an adjustment for student mobility rate. The education roundtable shall make recommendations concerning the incorporation of a statistical adjustment for student mobility rates into the results.
        (4) Compare the results for a school with the state average and the ninety-fifth percentile level for all assessments and performance indicators.
As added by P.L.1-2005, SEC.15. Amended by P.L.286-2013, SEC.102.

IC 20-31-8-3
Establishment of categories of performance
    
Sec. 3. The state board shall establish a number of categories, using an "A" through "F" grading scale, to designate performance based on the individual student academic performance and growth to proficiency in each school.
As added by P.L.1-2005, SEC.15. Amended by P.L.286-2013, SEC.103.

IC 20-31-8-4
Placement of school in category or designation of school performance
    
Sec. 4. The state board shall place each school in a category or designation of school performance based on the department's findings from the assessment of performance and academic growth under section 2 of this chapter.
As added by P.L.1-2005, SEC.15. Amended by P.L.286-2013, SEC.104.

IC 20-31-8-4.5
Alternative assessment methodology for schools focused exclusively on students with developmental, intellectual, or behavioral challenges
    
Sec. 4.5. In addition to other benchmarks, performance indicators, and accountability standards developed under this article, the state board shall develop alternative benchmarks, performance indicators, and accountability standards to be used in the assessment of schools that focus exclusively on providing an academic program for students with developmental, intellectual, or behavioral challenges.
As added by P.L.205-2013, SEC.255.

IC 20-31-8-5 Version a
Establishment of categories or designation of school performance; replacement of existing categories or designations; basis for new categories or designations
    
Note: This version of section added by P.L.286-2013, SEC.105. See also following version of this section added by P.L.205-2013, SEC.256.


    Sec. 5. (a) Not later than November 15, 2013, the state board shall establish new categories or designations of school performance under the requirements of this chapter to replace 511 IAC 6.2-6. The new standards of assessing school performance:
        (1) must be based on a measurement of individual student academic performance and growth to proficiency; and
        (2) may not be based on a measurement of student performance or growth compared with peers.
511 IAC 6.2-6 is void on the effective date of the emergency or final rules adopted under this section.
    (b) After July 1, 2013, the state board:
        (1) shall adopt rules under IC 4-22-2; and
        (2) may adopt emergency rules in the manner provided in IC 4-22-2-37.1;
to implement this chapter.
    (c) An emergency rule adopted under subsection (b) expires on the earlier of:
        (1) November 15, 2014; or
        (2) the effective date of a rule that establishes categories or designations of school improvement described in this section and supersedes the emergency rule.
    (d) Before beginning the rulemaking process to establish new categories or designations of school improvement, the state board shall report to the general assembly the proposed new categories or designations in an electronic format under IC 5-14-6.
As added by P.L.286-2013, SEC.105.

IC 20-31-8-5 Version b
Alternative accountability system for recovery schools and accelerated learning centers sponsored by the state board
    
Note: This version of section added by P.L.205-2013, SEC.256. See also preceding version of this section added by P.L.286-2013, SEC.105.
    Sec. 5. The state board shall establish an alternative accountability system to assess the performance of a charter school that is sponsored by the Indiana charter school board established by IC 20-24-2.1-1 and designated as a recovery school or an accelerated learning center.
As added by P.L.205-2013, SEC.256.

IC 20-31-8-6
Change in category or designation of school performance; duty of department
    
Sec. 6. (a) This section applies to a school that has appealed the school's placement in a category or designation under section 4 of this chapter.
    (b) If as a result of an appeal a school's placement in a category or designation under section 4 of this chapter changes, the department shall:
        (1) change the category or designation in the department's

records;
        (2) notify the school of the change; and
        (3) disseminate information concerning the change in the school's placement in the same manner as information concerning the school's original placement was disseminated.
As added by P.L.286-2013, SEC.106.