With the passage of House Enrolled Act 1514 in 2021 and the requirement to launch a school performance dashboard, Indiana has an opportunity to re-envision how we strategically measure school performance.
We know our students are more than just a single test score, and no matter whether a student’s next steps include enrollment, employment, or enlistment leading to service, we all share a commitment to best prepare Indiana’s students for the future. Together, our mission is to empower Indiana’s families, educators, school administrators, and community leaders with a learner-centered, future-focused dashboard that displays how our students are building these skills—in all grades and all schools— through the Indiana Graduates Prepared to Succeed dashboard, or Indiana GPS.
Through the Indiana GPS initiative, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) and stakeholders across the state have worked to define a set of characteristics graduates must possess to achieve lifelong success. These characteristics will be displayed through a transparent, nimble school performance dashboard to illustrate how, together, we are supporting students, starting in kindergarten, to meet those expectations.
What is the Indiana GPS School Performance Dashboard?
The Indiana GPS dashboard is being built by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers, with a focus not on punitive action, but on continuous improvement for our students. And while this is a paradigm shift in terms of school accountability for Indiana, the foundational components of the Indiana GPS characteristics are not new for Indiana students or educators.
The school performance dashboard will prioritize access, elevate excellence, and empower all who support our students’ learning. The dashboard will:
- Empower educators by defining clear expectations for student knowledge in the Indiana GPS characteristics.
- Support families and community stakeholders by providing them meaningful, relevant, and transparent information about school progress and performance.
- Elevate the highest-performing schools as models of excellence, and identify other schools for additional support.
What is the Progress so Far in Developing Indiana GPS?
In fall 2021, Indiana engaged stakeholders across the state to name five characteristics that indicate a student’s preparation for success after high school. These characteristics include:
- Academic mastery;
- Career and postsecondary readiness (credentials and experience);
- Communication and collaboration;
- Work ethic; and
- Civic, financial, and digital literacy.
These characteristics served as a guide in next defining a set of performance indicators, which help illustrate each characteristic. A draft set of indicators was released for public feedback in November and ultimately approved by the State Board of Education in December.
The approved indicators signal students’ performance across all grade levels, and include metrics such as kindergarten readiness, the number of students who are progressing toward proficiency in literacy by the end of grade three, English/language arts and math proficiency, graduation pathway completion and career exploration.
Some of the most innovative indicators will need to be developed through a multi-year research and development process, which will include continued engagement with educators, students, families, industry leaders and community partners.
Why Is This Important?
Amid a shifting global economy, Indiana’s high school graduates are not fully prepared for lifelong success.
- About 40 percent of high school students in Indiana have no plan for life after graduation.
- Of the Hoosier graduates who do pursue postsecondary education after high school, fewer than half complete the diploma program on time.
- As more employers require postsecondary credentials for entry-level jobs, just 25 percent of Indiana students secure a postsecondary credential in the four years following high school graduation, and only 33 percent secure a credential in six years.
Disparities have only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is especially true among historically disadvantaged students.
What Are The Next Steps?
IDOE will now continue to refine the indicators and begin to build the public dashboard, keeping stakeholder engagement at the heart of the process.
Approval of Headline Metrics - Dec. 15, 2021
- News Release - State Board of Education Approves Indicators for New Indiana GPS School Performance Dashboard
- Presentation to State Board of Education - Indiana Graduates Prepared to Success & Performance Dashboard
- Memo: Indiana GPS School Performance Dashboard – Approval of Headline Indicators
Presentation of Indicators - Nov. 10, 2021
- News Release - Indiana Department of Education Presents Draft Indicator Examples for New Indiana GPS Dashboard
- Presentation to State Board of Education – Indiana Graduates Prepared to Succeed
Approval of Characteristics - Oct. 13, 2021
- News Release - State Board of Education Affirms Five Indiana GPS Dashboard Characteristics
- Presentation to State Board of Education - Indiana Graduates Prepared to Succeed & Performance Dashboard
- State Board of Education Resolution - Affirming the Indiana Graduates Prepared to Succeed Framework and Performance Dashboard
Presentation of Indiana GPS & Characteristics - Sept. 1, 2021