Indiana: College and Career Policies

Indiana updated the science standards in 2016.

With the help of teachers and leaders throughout the state, the Indiana Department of Education has developed an optional model evaluation system named RISE. Whether or not corporations choose to implement RISE, the Department’s goal is to assist corporations in developing or adopting models that comply with Public Law 90 and are fair, credible, and accurate. Regardless of model or system, evaluations must: Be Annual: Every teacher, regardless of experience, deserves meaningful feedback on their performance on an annual basis; Include Student Growth Data: Evaluations should be student-focused. First and foremost, an effective teacher helps students make academic progress.

Indiana requires 4 credits of science courses to graduate.

The Indiana Department of Education oversees the Indiana teacher certification process and dictates the requirements needed in order to become certified within the state.

Indiana dropped the PARCC assessment in 2013. They currently have the Acuity test for grades 3 through 8, and also tests in Algebra 1 and English 10; the End of Course Assessments for Algebra 1, English 10, and Biology 1; the IMAST for grades 3 through 8; IREAD for K through 3; the Indiana Standards Tool for Alternate Reporting in ELA, math, science, social studies for grades 3 through 8 and high school; and the Indiana Statewide Test for Educational Progress in grades 3 through 8.

In order to become a certified teacher in Indiana, an applicant must show proficiency in content through an examination, receive a bachelor's degree, and complete an approved teacher preparation program.

Indiana updated the social studies standards in 2014.

The Indiana State Board of Education has the authority to approve teacher preparation programs.

Indiana requires 4 credits of social studies to graduate.

Teacher preparation programs in Indiana must be aligned to NCATE and InTASC standards.

The State Board of Education has full authority to adopt standards. Indiana State Board of Education has full authority to adopt standards under Title 20, Article 19.

Indiana has standards in 9 different content areas with include English language arts, math, science, social studies, arts, English language proficiency, health and wellness, physical education, and world language.

Teachers must complete a professional growth plan that includes at least 90 growth experience points.

Indiana updated the English language arts standards in 2014.

Indiana updated the world languages standards in 2013.

Indiana requires 8 credits of English Language Arts to graduate.

Indiana requires 20 "other" credits for graduation.

Indiana dropped the PARCC assessment in 2013. They currently have the Acuity test for grades 3 through 8, and also tests in Algebra 1 and English 10; the End of Course Assessments for Algebra 1, English 10, and Biology 1; the IMAST for grades 3 through 8; IREAD for K through 3; the Indiana Standards Tool for Alternate Reporting in ELA, math, science, social studies for grades 3 through 8 and high school; and the Indiana Statewide Test for Educational Progress in grades 3 through 8.

On April 15, 2016, Indiana took a huge step forward with the adoption of science standards and, in particular, the addition of computer science (CS) standards for kindergarten to eighth grade. This means that starting in the 2016 school year, all elementary and middle school students should begin receiving CS instruction embedded into their current coursework.

6 credit hours of college-level course work is required in order to renew an administrative license.

Indiana updated the math standards in 2014.

Indiana has performing arts standards in dance, music, and theatre.

Indiana requires 4 credits of math to graduate.

Indiana dropped the PARCC assessment in 2013. They currently have the Acuity test for grades 3 through 8, and also tests in Algebra 1 and English 10; the End of Course Assessments for Algebra 1, English 10, and Biology 1; the IMAST for grades 3 through 8; IREAD for K through 3; the Indiana Standards Tool for Alternate Reporting in ELA, math, science, social studies for grades 3 through 8 and high school; and the Indiana Statewide Test for Educational Progress in grades 3 through 8.

Indiana dropped the PARCC assessment in 2013. They currently have the Acuity test for grades 3 through 8, and also tests in Algebra 1 and English 10; the End of Course Assessments for Algebra 1, English 10, and Biology 1; the IMAST for grades 3 through 8; IREAD for K through 3; the Indiana Standards Tool for Alternate Reporting in ELA, math, science, social studies for grades 3 through 8 and high school; and the Indiana Statewide Test for Educational Progress in grades 3 through 8.

The State Board of Education recommended and approved the Indiana Academic Standards for Visual Arts in 2008 under the Indiana General Assembly’s direction to develop standards that are “world-class, clear, concise, jargon-free, and by grade-level.” The Indiana Academic Standards for Visual Arts incorporate the National Standards for Arts Education, which were developed by
the Consortium of National Arts Education Associations.

Indiana updated the health and wellness standards in 2010.

Indiana dropped the PARCC assessment in 2013. They currently have the Acuity test for grades 3 through 8, and also tests in Algebra 1 and English 10; the End of Course Assessments for Algebra 1, English 10, and Biology 1; the IMAST for grades 3 through 8; IREAD for K through 3; the Indiana Standards Tool for Alternate Reporting in ELA, math, science, social studies for grades 3 through 8 and high school; and the Indiana Statewide Test for Educational Progress in grades 3 through 8.

Indiana updated the physical education standards in 2010.

The Indiana State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

Indiana has not adopted any professional development standards.