INPEA Update
August 2015

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Welcome back!

It's that time again and for some of you it's been that time for a few weeks! Whatever happened to summer? In most places around the state, students have returned to school or will be returning very soon. It is an exciting time of the year! We know this will be a great school year and we look forward to working with all of you as we provide the best educational opportunities for the almost 100,000 students choosing non-public school education. Have a great year! 
#INPAC 2015 less than one month away!

Are you registered?

Registration ends August 24th, 2015.

Booking for hotel rooms at the Indianapolis Marriott North ends on August 26th, 2015.

You won't want to miss our three awesome keynoters: Travis Allen, Todd Whitaker and Debbie Silver (dinner). They are worth the price of admission!

  • Other sessions not to miss out on:
    • Teaching Students "Grit'
    • Leadership for eLearning
    • What Great Leaders do Differently
    • Beyond Special Education: The Power of Inclusion
    • Dealing with Difficult people
    • Organizing your Digital Life
    • Using the Right Data to Drive Decisions
    • New Indiana Assessment
    • Legalities of School Handbooks
    • 10 Barriers to Technology Integration
    • Leading Quality Preschools
    • 7 Successful Secrets to Raise Money
    • And MANY more!
Also at #INPAC2015, Indiana Senator Dennis Kruse will receive INPEA's 2015 Legislative Leadership Award for his outstanding work and dedication to education during the 2015 General Assembly Legislative Session. 

See the #INPAC2015 schedule and more on our website
Bring a "team" so you don't miss out on the concurrent sessions!
Welcome Andrea! 

Welcome to the newest member of the INPEA Family! Andrea Zimmerman was hired as INPEA's new Office and Communication Coordinator. Andrea replaces Rose Soliven who moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan. Andrea is a graduate of IU in Communications and Political Science. She has also interned at the Statehouse in the House of Representatives Communications Office. Please give her a big INPEA welcome!    
ISTEP+ Score Delay


The Department of Education reported to the State Board at their August meeting that ISTEP+ scores will be delayed again. CTB McGraw Hill communicated recently the need for rescoring of student testing because of the discovery of additional correct answers. The ramifications of this delay has a ripple effect. There will be approximately a one month delay before IDOE receives the scores from CTB McGraw Hill. The State will then initiate the cut scores process. It is anticipated that schools will receive scores in early December. This means that A-F grades won't be available until January or February. It is unclear how this will impact voucher school eligibility.  As you are probably aware, CTB McGraw Hill's state contract expired this past year. Pearson has been selected as CTB McGraw Hill's replacement, and will develop the new ISTEP+  assessment.  
Choice Schools Update

The September 1st Voucher application deadline is fast approaching. At last count (one week ago), IDOE reports that as of August 6th there were 317 approved school providers and 26,452 student applications received. Schools are encouraged to get all applications processed in advance of the deadline.


Fatima Carson will  be leaving IDOE on August 14th to accept a new position in Bloomington, where she lives. Fatima has done an excellent job in administering the Choice Program. Her communication and responsiveness has been exemplary. We wish her the best in her transition. IDOE will be hiring two staff members to work in the Choice Program. Stay tuned!

Formative Assessment Update

Watch for the August 17th DOE Dialogue for important Formative Assessment Grant Participation information. It is anticipated that a "Request to Participate" form will be available mid- August with a response deadline of mid-September. A list of vendors and formative assessments will be included on the on-line "Request to Participate" form.

At this time it does not appear that nonpublic schools can be a part of the state's master contracts. The Department is committed to encouraging vendors to extend the state's contract price to participating nonpublic schools.

Following the September deadline for grades 3-10 formative grants, schools can also apply for early intervention grants for literacy intervention or formative assessment in grades 1 and 2. There may also be excess funds from the 3-10 allocation that would be available for K-2 formative assessments in math and reading.

Proposed Diploma Changes

The IDOE and the Commission for Higher Education has proposed new diploma requirements.

 Proposed changes to diplomas available to receive:

  • College and Career Ready (Instead of the General and Core 40 diploma)
    • Will be required minimum 44 credits
    • Default track for all students
  • Indiana Honors (instead of Core 40 with Academic Honors)
    • Will be required minimum 48 credits, at least 3.0 GPA and the Pick 2 Option (upper level coursework, college level credits, scores on college placement exams, or the Arts and Culture option)
  • Workforce Ready (instead of Core 40 with Technical Honors)
    • Will require 6 credits in math, and a capstone graduation project

All student would be required to take a one credit Personal Finance Class and a one credit College and Careers Class, a sequence of College and Readiness courses, and all diplomas add an additional requirement of 2 more math credits 

Some of our faith based member schools have voiced concerns about the decreased flexibility students will have, especially in light of theology credit requirements. 


INPEA has formed a work-group to explore options with the IDOE.

View the proposed diploma and changes here.
INPEA Annual Dues and Data Collection

Please watch for 2015-16 dues statements! It is your contributions and support of INPEA through your dues that covers the majority of INPEA operations. Remember your dues are based on prior year enrollment.

Dues Amounts

$1 for PreK

$3.15 for K-12

Welcome NEW INPEA members!


Project Libertas

Richmond Academy

St. Pius X School

Legacy Learning Center 

On My Way PreK
Ten Archdiocesan Schools were approved to be providers in the On My Way PreK Program. They join one Lutheran program and one school from the Diocese of Fort Wayne South Bend.

For More info, click here

Don't forget your Seclusion and Restraint Plans and Training.

Don't forget your Voucher Compliance Plans/Policies.

Don't forget to have a great school year!

Additional Professional Development Opportunity:



When: Wednesday September 30, 2015, 8 am - Noon 
(sign-in starts at 7:30 am)

Where: Sacred Heart Parish Hall, 1125 S. Meridian Street, Indianapolis IN 46225

  • Increase awareness of the importance of school indoor air quality (IAQ).
  • Understand requirements of Indiana's School IAQ Rule 410 IAC 33.
  • Share resources.
Who:   School administrators, f acilities managers, i ndoor Air Quality (IAQ) Coordinators, o ther interested school staff, and o thers working with schools.
Don't let poor Indoor Air Quality affect students' performance.
There is no cost to participate. Register now.
For more information and to register, go here
Contact: Jeanette Marrero (312) 886-6543, marrero.jeanette@epa.gov

Presented by:    Indiana State Department of Health
Computers for Sale

There are 22 computer towers that need to be sold.
Below are the specifications:
Dell Vostro 200
E2140 Intel Processor - 2 CORE 1.6 GHz
80GB Bare Hard Drive
include keyboard and mouse, no monitor
$75 Each or All 22 for $1,500

Will include a fresh installation of Windows Vista 64X and Office 2007 for an extra $15 per unit.

Please contact Dr. Douglas Ballinger for more information:
Dr. Douglas Ballinger
Lakeview Christian School
5318 S Western Ave
Marion, IN 46953
Many thanks to our INPEA Business Partners!
Catapult Learning
Contact Person: Pat Lacognata, pat.lacognata@catapultlearning.com

Contact Person: Laura Zapp, lazapp@cisco.com

DAST Consulting
Contact Person: David Sexauer, dsexauer@dastconsulting.com

Contact Person: Steven Allspaw, SAllspaw@sadlier.com

VoWac Publishing Company
Contact Person: John Pfeifer, vowac@vowac.com

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Contact Person: John Hurley, john.hurley2@hmhco.com 

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Thanks for your support!

John Elcesser
Executive Director
Indiana Non-Public Education Association

With support from

Office and Communications Coordinator
Indiana Non-Public Education Association