January 24, 2005, read first time and referred to Committee on Education and Career
First Regular Session 114th General Assembly (2005)
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SENATE BILL No. 624
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 20-1-1.1-5; (05)IN0624.1.1. -->
SECTION 1. IC 20-1-1.1-5 IS AMENDED TO READ AS
FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005]: Sec. 5. The department
(1) perform the duties required by statute;
(2) implement the policies and procedures established by the
(3) conduct analytical research to assist the state board of
education in determining the state's educational policy;
(4) (3) compile statistics concerning the ethnicity and gender of
students in Indiana schools, including statistics for all information
that the department receives from school corporations on
enrollment, number of suspensions, and number of expulsions;
(5) (4) provide technical assistance to school corporations.
SOURCE: IC 20-11-7; (05)IN0624.1.2. -->
SECTION 2. IC 20-11-7 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS
CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY
Chapter 7. Educational Research Institute
Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "board" means the educational
research institute advisory board established by section 13 of this
Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, "department" refers to the
department of education established by IC 20-1-1.1-2.
Sec. 3. As used in this chapter, "director" refers to the director
of the institute appointed under section 14 of this chapter.
Sec. 4. As used in this chapter, "disseminate" means to
communicate and transfer, through technical assistance, electronic
transfer, or other means, the results of scientifically valid
evaluations, research, and statistics in a format that is:
(1) understandable by;
(2) easily accessible to; and
(3) usable or adaptable for use in the improvement of
educational practices by;
teachers, administrators, librarians, practitioners, researchers,
policymakers, and the public.
Sec. 5. As used in this chapter, "field initiated research" means
basic or applied research:
(1) in which specific questions and methods of study are put
forth by investigators, including teachers and other
(2) that conforms to the standards of scientifically valid
Sec. 6. As used in this chapter, "institute" refers to the
educational research institute established by section 12 of this
Sec. 7. (a) As used in this chapter, "scientifically based research
standards" refers to standards that:
(1) apply rigorous, systematic, and objective methodology to
obtain reliable and valid knowledge relevant to educational
activities and programs; and
(2) present findings and make claims that are appropriate to
and supported by the methods that have been used.
(b) The term includes the following, as appropriate to the
research being conducted:
(1) Employment of systematic, empirical methods that draw
on observation or experiment.
(2) Data analyses that are adequate to support general
(3) Measurements or observational methods that provide
(4) Claims of causal relationships that are made only in
random assignment experiments or other designs, if the
designs substantially eliminate plausible competing
explanations for the results obtained.
(5) Studies and methods presented in sufficient detail and
clarity to enable replication or offer the opportunity to build
systematically on the findings of the research.
(6) Use of research designs and methods appropriate to the
research question posed.
(7) Studies, methods, and results presented in a manner that
gains approval by a peer reviewed journal or by a panel of
independent experts through a comparably rigorous,
objective, and scientific review.
Sec. 8. As used in this chapter, "scientifically valid evaluation"
means a review and evaluation that:
(1) adheres to the highest possible standards of quality with
respect to research design and statistical analysis;
(2) provides an adequate description of the programs
evaluated and, to the extent possible, examines the
relationship between program implementation and program
(3) provides an analysis of the results achieved by the
program with respect to the program's projected results;
(4) employs experimental designs using random assignment
when feasible and other research methodologies that allow for
the strongest possible causal inferences when random
assignment is not feasible; and
(5) may study program implementation through a
combination of scientifically valid and reliable methods.
Sec. 9. As used in this chapter, "scientifically valid research"
includes applied research, basic research, and field initiated
research in which the rationale, design, and interpretation are
soundly developed using scientifically based research standards.
Sec. 10. As used in this chapter, "state board" refers to the
Indiana state board of education established by IC 20-1-1-1.
Sec. 11. As used in this chapter, "superintendent" refers to the
state superintendent of public instruction.
Sec. 12. The educational research institute is established to
perform the following functions:
(1) Support effective teaching, learning, and student
achievement in Indiana in the following manner:
(A) By carrying out scientifically valid research related to
education in Indiana.
(B) By establishing and carrying out a systematic,
scientifically valid evaluation of the effectiveness of
(C) By conducting surveys and compiling statistics related
to education and educational programs.
(D) By providing research to the state board to assist the
state board in determining the education policy of the
(E) By disseminating the results of activities conducted
under this chapter to the public, the department, the state
board, the superintendent, the governor, and, upon
request, the general assembly.
(2) By evaluating programs established under this title.
(3) By ensuring Indiana's alignment and compliance with
federal educational goals.
Sec. 13. (a) The educational research institute advisory board is
(b) The members of the board are as follows:
(1) One (1) member, who need not be a senator, appointed by
the president pro tempore of the senate.
(2) One (1) member, who need not be a senator, appointed by
the minority leader of the senate.
(3) One (1) member, who need not be a representative,
appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.
(4) One (1) member, who need not be a representative,
appointed by the minority leader of the house of
(c) The term of a board member is two (2) years. A board
member may be reappointed. A board member is not entitled to
the minimum salary per diem as provided in IC 4-10-11-2.1(b)
while performing the board member's duties. A board member is
entitled to reimbursement for traveling expenses as provided under
IC 4-13-1-4 and other expenses actually incurred in connection
with the board member's duties, as provided in the state travel
policies and procedures established by the Indiana department of
administration and approved by the budget agency.
(d) The board shall assist the director in establishing priorities
for research and program evaluation.
Sec. 14. (a) The director of the institute:
(1) is appointed by the governor;
(2) serves a term of four (4) years; and
(3) may be reappointed.
(b) The director must have experience in statistical analysis and
(c) The director may:
(1) with the approval of the board and the budget agency, hire
personnel necessary to carry out the duties of the institute;
(2) enter into contracts with institutions of higher education
and other research institutions to carry out educational
research under this chapter.
(d) The director has the following powers and duties:
(A) establish a schedule for; and
the periodic scientifically valid evaluation of the effectiveness
of each educational program required under this title.
(2) To provide scientifically valid evaluations of educational
(3) To prepare, at least biennially, a report of research
activities carried out by the institute, including:
(A) a description of how the activities are consistent with
scientifically valid research; and
(B) the results of evaluations carried out under
subdivisions (1) and (2).
(4) Upon request, provide statistical compilations, surveys,
and information to the general assembly.
Sec. 15. Information submitted to the general assembly under
this chapter must be submitted in an electronic format under
Sec. 16. In addition to funds appropriated by the general
assembly, the institute may accept funds from other sources to
carry out this chapter, including federal funds and private
Sec. 17. The department shall provide to the institute:
(1) information requested by the institute to carry out this
(2) scientifically valid research conducted by the department
in support of federal and state grant programs.
SOURCE: ; (05)IN0624.1.3. -->
SECTION 3. [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005] (a) As used in this
(1) "advisory board" refers to the educational research
institute advisory board established by IC 20-11-7-13, as
added by this act;
(2) "department" refers to the department of education
established by IC 20-1-1.1-2; and
(3) "institute" refers to the educational research institute
established by IC 20-11-7-12, as added by this act.
(b) Not later than December 15, 2005, the governor shall
appoint the director of the institute. Notwithstanding
IC 20-11-7-14(a)(2), as added by this act, the initial term of the
director appointed under this SECTION expires June 30, 2008.
(c) Not later than December 31, 2005, the appointing authorities
set forth in IC 20-11-7-13(b), as added by this act, shall appoint the
members of the advisory board of the institute.
(d) On January 1, 2006, any employee of the department whose
primary responsibility is conducting and compiling research
becomes an employee of the institute. The employee is entitled to
have the employee's service as an employee of the department
before July 1, 2005, included for the purpose of computing all
applicable employment rights and benefits with the institute.
(e) Notwithstanding IC 20-11-7-14(d)(3), as added by this act,
the initial report of the institute must be issued not later than June
(f) This SECTION expires June 30, 2008.