Schools Superintendent Ritz Responds to NCLB Notification from U. S. Department of Edu

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WOWO): Friday afternoon Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz issued the following statement in regards to the United States Department of Education (USED) announcing that Indiana is in danger of losing its federal No Child Left Behind waiver:


“Last month, the Indiana Department of Education received a Part B monitoring report from USED that reflected the status of flexibility waiver implementation as of August of 2013.  Today, USED released a document that details those findings, and the conditions that have been placed on our waiver from No Child Left Behind. 


“Since the August visit and related feedback, my Department has been working diligently to address the issues made public in today’s report.  My Department is prepared to demonstrate full compliance with our flexibility waiver and submit amendments that are necessary due to legislative action that has been taken since the 2013 legislative session. 


“To address the issue of college and career ready assessments, the Department has undertaken the most extensive review and overhaul of academic standards in Indiana’s history.  That process culminated in Monday’s adoption of Indiana Academic Standards.  I have also recently formed the Assessment sub-committee of the Indiana State Board of Education that will work to align our new college and career ready standards with our assessments. 


“With regards to school monitoring, I created the division of Outreach for School Improvement.  In August of 2013, this division was still in its infancy.  However, since August, our Outreach Coordinators have been supporting and monitoring Focus and Priority schools to improve student outcomes throughout the state.  We have spoken with USED regularly about the work this division is doing, and they have indicated they are pleased with our progress to this date. 


“Moving forward, we will respond to USED within the next two months with amendments that capture steps we have taken to ensure full compliance with our flexibility waiver.  I look forward to working with Secretary Duncan to improve education for all Indiana students.”