Recent press releases from the Indiana Department of Education:
Schools to receive IDOE support for improved reading instruction
Fifteen Indiana elementary schools have been selected to receive support from the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) to implement the state’s new K-6 Reading Framework in the 2010-2011 school year. IDOE will provide each Opportunity School a consultant with strong knowledge of strategies for effective reading instruction as well as funding for professional development.
“The Opportunity Schools will be some of the first in the state to take advantage of the guidance provided by Indiana’s statewide Reading Framework,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett said. “We know research-based, intensive reading instruction in the early years is critically important for students to succeed over the course of their education. Even more, implementing the framework in schools across the state is an effective way to support the third-grade reading law passed during the 2010 session.
“The framework will help schools use proven strategies and interventions so that students enter the fourth grade able to read and ready to learn more.”
The schools were selected based on free and reduced lunch population, poverty level, and ISTEP+ English/Language Arts data over three years. Schools were not required to participate; they were invited. Those interested in becoming Opportunity Schools submitted applications expressing support from district- and building-level leadership and committing to professional development for at least 85 percent of school staff this summer.
2010-2011 Opportunity Schools: Albion 1. Albion Elementary, Central Noble Community School
Anderson 2. 10th Street Elementary, Anderson Community School Corporation Charlestown 3. Jonathan Jennings Elementary, Greater Clark County
Evansville 4. Caze Elementary, Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation Fort Wayne 5. Forest Park Elementary, Fort Wayne Community Schools
6. Imagine Schools on Broadway, Charter Schools of Indiana
Gary 7. Grissom Elementary, Lake Ridge Schools
8. Glen Park Academy, Gary Community School Corporation
Indianapolis 9. George H. Fisher Elementary, Indianapolis Public
10. Clinton Young Elementary, MSD Perry Township
11. Garden City Elementary, MSD Wayne Township
Logansport 12. Columbia Elementary, Logansport Community School
Richmond 13. Galileo Charter School
14. Crestdale Elementary, Richmond Community Schools
South Bend 15. Monroe Primary Center, South Bend Community School
Indiana’s Reading Framework is a research-driven model for reading instruction developed in partnership with the Indiana Reading Advisory Council, IDOE reading specialists and the Consortium of Reading Excellence (CORE). The framework comprises six chapters: goals, instruction, assessment, professional development, leadership and commitment. The Reading Framework will be available online for all elementary schools beginning next fall.
IDOE will report progress regularly to the Indiana State Board of Education regarding the Opportunity Schools, their implementation of the Reading Framework, and schoolwide reading data.