INPEA November Update
Giving Thanks

With Thanksgiving only one week away, it's a good time to reflect on the many things that we are thankful for in Indiana. Indiana is blessed to have a diverse array of quality non-public schools committed to providing the very best in education and  formation  for their students.These schools are staffed by mission driven leaders, highly competent, selfless teachers, who have dedicated their lives to their schools and their students. Indiana has been blessed with state leaders who have taken bold steps to ensure that all who want a quality educational experience can do so without regard to their  financial  capacity. As a matter of fact, this year 32,954 students are  benefiting  from those bold steps! At INPEA, we are thankful for the opportunity to represent some of the best non-public schools in this country. Please know that ALL that you do for the good of the children entrusted to your care is so greatly appreciated! Happy Thanksgiving!
ISTEP+ Scores Released

ISTEP scores were released to schools and parents on November 6th. 

As anticipated, schools are reporting  that scores are lower (in some cases much lower), and some schools are seeing a significant drop in the numbers of students with pass and pass+ scores. This has fueled concern regarding the release of  A-F school accountability grades sometime after the first of the year.This concern has finally reached the statehouse and legislative action is being considered in both houses. The Governor has suggested a fix that protects public school teachers pay from being negatively impacted. It is unclear if the same protections will be proposed for school accountability grades. As you know, Choice Schools have a very short accountability time frame. We will keep you posted on any proposed legislation. 

With that in mind, as we suggested previously, it is important that schools are communicating to parents to provide background and context for any drops in scores. Providing information about why there was a delay and some of the many issues that have been a part of last years testing and subsequent scoring. We would recommend that the tenor be explanatory and not complaining, although there may be plenty to complain about. Reassure parents the drop is being experienced by many, if not all schools.  Assure them of your commitment to a quality education for their children, while reminding them this is one of many measures of the quality of your schools. It is also important to inform them that these scores are not final until December, and could have an impact on the school's A-F grade (as it will for all schools).

Also, it is important to note that the State Board  approved mode adjustments for ISTEP scores. Adjustments were made both, to compensate for differences in the on-line and paper and pencil versions, as well as the two forms of the assessment that were administered.
Diploma Changes Delayed

Indiana State Board of Education voted to delay acting on the proposed diploma changes (i.e. four additional credits required for graduation) to allow for further study. A Committee is being convened to address concerns that surfaced during public testimony. In the non-public school sector, the proposed changes could have had the  unintentional  consequence of limiting student elective options because many schools require up to ten additional credits for graduation (e.g.  Bible , religion, theology). Both the IDOE and the Commission on Higher Education (CHE) have assured us of allowing a flexible approach to meeting these new requirements.
Dual Credit

Higher Learning Commission (regional higher ed a ccrediting  body) will offer extensions to Universities related to the new Dual Credit Program teacher requirements.  The HLC, issued a memo, that will allow accredited colleges and universities, who offer dual credit, the opportunity to file for an extension, by September 2016, which will allow them to operate under their current models.  The memo states that “approved applications will be granted an extension of up to September 2022 based on the circumstances presented in the application.”  We will be receiving more guidance from the HLC in the near future.  However, this is good news!"

Graduation Cohorts Guidance from the IDOE

Class of 2015 Cohort
The Graduation Rate at the top of the Cohort Report is the graduation rate that the IDOE has calculated for each school.  If there is a reporting error for any student in the 2015 Cohort, that should be changed, you must submit a Voluntary Audit. The online portal to request a Voluntary Audit is open now through November 20, 2015.
Required Audits:  Indiana Code requires the IDOE to audit the graduation rate of schools that meet certain criteria.  Schools that fall into this category were notified on November 5th, 2015. More information regarding both types of audits can be found here.

Class of 2016, Class of 2017, Class of 2018
The 2016, 2017, and 2018 Cohorts are updating correctly now on a nightly basis.  Now is the time to make sure that your records of which seniors have passed the ECA match the IDOE’s records.

Medical Exemptions for Accountability
New guidance can be found here. Please review this document if you have any students who are not tested due to a significant medical emergency.

New A-F (2016 and Forward)
The Office of School Accountability has put together three PowerPoint presentations that describe the changes in the A-F Model for the 2015-16 school year in varying degrees of detail. Videos of these presentations are also available. The videos and pdf versions of the presentations are available on the IDOE website here
Religious Liberty

INPEA is monitoring this issue and any potential impact on schools closely, and has established a task force to determine any needed strategies to assist member schools. On November 17th, Senator Travis Holdman released a bill draft (SB100) that is  intended  to address the LGBT discrimination issue while  attempting  to protect our religious  liberties . The bill draft includes an exemption for religious organizations, including schools. We are sure this bill will garner great debate, so there is no way to predict what the final bill language will look like. We will keep you informed as the session progresses, but it is critical that our grassroots advocacy  network  is ready to engage as needed. Stay Tuned! A copy of the bill can be found here.
Federal Programs Training - YOU don't want to miss it!

INPEA, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, and Catapult Learning will be hosting a federal programs training on January 26th at the Archdiocesan Catholic Center in Indianapolis.

This training is for you IF:

... you have ever felt like you need to know more about Title I, Title IIA and Title III to make sure your students were getting full access to the services they are entitled to?

... you have been lost trying to understand the complexities of the ESEA law?

... you feel at a loss when you are meeting with Public School Officials and they quote the law as it relates to what you can do or cannot do for your students?'ve wondered what is timely and meaningful consultation? How do you prepare for  consultation  meetings with your LEA? What are equitable services? were unclear is the LEA required to provide in terms of special education services? don't understand "child find?"   don't know if your students are accessing their proportionate share of special education dollars/services? thought  "Article 7" dealt with the constitution? don't understand the difference between an  IEP, an ISP and a CSEP?

Can  you relate to any of the questions above? Then join us on January 26th!

Register here for the program registration. There is no charge. Catapult Learning is sponsoring the speakers and lunch.
National School Choice Week

Don't forget to sign up your school to receive a free box of supplies for National School Choice Week.

You can use these materials, which include up to 50 yellow fleece scarves, signs, lapel stickers, and more, to celebrate the achievements of your students, teachers, and staff during National School Choice Week in January.

National School Choice Week is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical public awareness effort designed to shine a positive spotlight on great schools like yours. It is also the world’s largest annual celebration of opportunity in education.
Participating in National School Choice Week, and receiving these materials, is completely and totally free. You can use your box of free supplies at an event or activity, or to attract positive attention in your community for the great work your school is doing.

Already, nearly 12,000 schools have registered to participate.

Sign up here
Quality Education Celebration

A great way to kickoff National School Choice Week is to join us at the Statehouse on January 25th, 2016 for the Quality Education Celebration 2016. The event is being hosted by the Institute for Quality Education. Attending this event is a great school "public policy goal!" Stay tuned for details. Mark your calendars today!
INPEA Annual Dues

Thank you to those schools who have returned their dues! It is through dues that INPEA can continue to operate and provide services to our member schools!
INPEA Data Survey

Please don't forget the 2015-16 Data Survey! By completing the survey, you provide INPEA with vital information to help us serve you better!
INPEA Job Opportunity

Office Coordinator (OC)

Position Description: The Office Coordinator will support the Executive Director in all Association office operations. The OC will manage all office operations including data base management, payables and receivables, board record keeping, donor data base management, phone support and other office organization and reporting functions.
Qualifications: The successful candidate must have excellent organizational and communication skills as well as a knowledge of and commitment to non-public school education. Experience with all Microsoft Office Products is required, while experience in Quickbooks is strongly preferred. An ability and interest in mastering new technology applications will be key to the candidate’s success. A bachelor’s degree and previous experience in office management, is preferred but not required.

Status: Part-Time (approximately 20 hours per week)

Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience.

Application Deadline: December 11th, 2015

Preferred start date: January 4th, 2016

Application: To apply, e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references by the application deadline above.

Indiana Non-Public Education Association
1400 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Attn: John Elcesser, Executive Director

See our posting here. Apply here
Professional Development Opportunities

INPEC is less than a year away! Don't forget to mark your calendars for September 15-16th, 2016. Date selection for INPEC is heavily dependent on available dates at the Convention Center. We realize these dates won't be during many school's spring breaks, but we sincerely hope schools will carve out the days to attend when they plan their 2016-17 school calendars.

For #INPEC2016, INPEA is pleased to announce that Dr. Harry Wong and Dave Burgess will be the Conference Keynoters! 

Dave Burgess, better known as The Pirate Guy, is a  Best-Selling author and speaker who motivates and inspires teachers. Dave works to find new ways to help educators develop practical ways to become more creative and engaging in the classroom. Dave empowers teachers to embrace the mighty purpose of being an educator and sparks them to design classes that are life-changing experiences for students.

As a teacher at West Hills High School in San Diego, he was the 2001 and 2012 Golden Apple recipient and the 2007/2008 Teacher of the Year. He was voted a faculty standout for 17 consecutive years in categories such as: Most Entertaining, Most Energetic, and Most Dramatic. At a ceremony in Washington D.C., the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences awarded him the 2014 BAMMY for Secondary School Teacher of the Year.

He specializes in teaching hard-to-reach, hard-to-motivate students with techniques that incorporate showmanship and creativity.

Dr. Harry Wong has authored over 30 publications on new teacher induction and classroom management. His techniques have been adapted by thousands of educators for success in their schools and classrooms.  He has been called “Mr. Practicality” for his common sense, research-based, no cost approach to managing a classroom for high level student success.

Because of his achievements, Harry has been awarded the Horace Mann Outstanding Educator Award, Upton Sinclair Award, Outstanding Secondary Teacher Award, the Science Teacher Achievement Recognition Award, the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Valley Forge Teacher's Medal.  

He is a former secondary science teacher and as a classroom teacher, he developed methods which resulted in his having no discipline problems, a zero dropout rate, a 95% homework turn-in factor, and the ability to demonstrate mastery learning for each of his students.

Biography on Dave Burgess found here. Biography from Harry Wong found here.

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The INPEA Update has gone mobile!

In efforts to continue to provide schools up-to-date and easy to access information, INPEA has decide to redesign our Updates to be mobile-friendly. You should now be able to view the Update conveniently from both a computer and a smartphone!
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