Citations Affected: IC 20-31-12.
Synopsis: School improvement progress and awards. Establishes
additional criteria for determining a school's improvement compared
with the school's performance in previous years. Provides a graduated
series of awards based on improvement.
Effective: July 1, 2006.
January 10, 2006, read first time and referred to Committee on Education.
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
academic performance with a graduated series of awards.
Sec. 3. (a) The department shall administer the program.
(b) In addition to money appropriated by the general assembly, the department may use gifts and grants to provide funding for awards under this chapter.
Sec. 4. In addition to an assessment of improvement under IC 20-31-8-1, a school shall have the school's progress in school improvement determined by comparing the following performance factors with the same performance factors for the school in previous years:
(1) ISTEP scores, with the scores for the following categories of students reported and compared separately:
(A) Special education.
(B) Limited English proficiency.
(C) Students receiving free or reduced price lunch under the national school lunch program.
(D) High achieving.
(2) For high schools, graduation rates.
Sec. 5. In addition to grants and awards received under IC 20-31-7 and IC 20-31-11, a participating school's progress in school improvement may be recognized with the following awards:
(1) Increased flexibility in providing professional development, including the use of full days for professional development activities.
(2) Funding for teacher mentor stipends.
(3) Funding for teacher bonuses.
Sec. 6. (a) A school that shows improvement in one (1) performance factor under section 4 of this chapter is eligible for one (1) award under section 5 of this chapter.
(b) A school that shows improvement in:
(1) both performance factors under section 4 of this chapter; or
(2) two (2) student categories under section 4(1) of this chapter;
is eligible for two (2) awards under section 5 of this chapter.
(c) A school that shows improvement in:
(1) both performance factors under section 4 of this chapter, with two (2) or more student categories under section 4(1) of this chapter showing improvement; or
(2) at least three (3) student categories under section 4(1) of this chapter;
is eligible for three (3) awards under section 5 of this chapter.