School may be out for the summer, but district and school administrators are hard at work planning for the upcoming school year. To support you in this process (and save you a little time to enjoy the sunshine!), we've assembled a curated list of our best resources aligned to goals outlined in the Indiana ESSA plan.
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This past March, I had the pleasure of speaking with kindergarten teacher Courtney Munsell and 5th grade teacher Nikki Privett, both educators at Fortville Elementary School in Indiana. In our conversation together, they quickly began comparing and contrasting their use of Study Island, Edmentum’s K–12 practice and formative assessment program. These teachers have expertly uncovered keys to utilizing Study Island to help their students meet grade-level expectations and prepare for summative assessments.
As more and more schools up their student-device ratio to 1:1, the possibilities for eLearning opportunities have expanded. In Indiana, this idea of virtual options for learning first manifested itself in the form of the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) Flex Program, launched in 2011, followed by the Virtual Option for Inclement Weather, which kicked off in 2014. Then, beginning in the 2017–18 school year, the IDOE combined these efforts into what is known today as the IDOE eLearning Day Program.
Under the revised plan, students need to meet diploma requirements and also, in most cases, satisfy additional criteria, learning and demonstrating employability skills and demonstrating postsecondary-ready competencies. Is your district or school equipped with the tools to offer students these different options? We’re breaking down these three requirements below, but additional details can also be found in this Graduation Pathways Frequently Asked Questions document.