by Indy Ed
Improvements in Indianapolis Public Schools are being recognized nationally. The district has been singled out as one of 10 school districts that are making notable gains in student achievement.
In a brief developed by Education First, and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, IPS gets high marks for pursuing initiatives like the Innovation Network Schools, and giving successful school leaders the opportunity to run Autonomous schools.
The summary from Education First’s profile of IPS says:
Five years ago, Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) was at the bottom. Enrollment was declining. The district received an F on the state’s accountability report card and was put on academic probation. Less than a third of students (32.1 percent) passed on their first try the end-of course assessments in English 10 and Algebra I that were required to graduate high school. But in just a few years, the district has begun to climb out of the bottom rankings in the state.
In 2014–15, 45 percent of students passed the English 10 and Algebra I assessments. Almost 40 percent of students are now taking AP exams, giving them a chance to get a jumpstart on college credit. And last year, 93 percent of high school seniors graduated with a concrete plan to pursue one of what the district calls “the three Es:” enroll in a two- or four-year college, enlist in the military or get a job earning a living wage.
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