Lindauer: Bill increasing transparency of school performance heads to the Senate

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Wednesday, February 24, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 25, 2021) – Legislation aiming to better inform Hoosier parents about school performance heads to the Senate after the Indiana House of Representatives voted unanimously in support of the bill, according to State Rep. Shane Lindauer (R-Jasper).

Lindauer said schools would have to publish their performance success on a statewide dashboard on the Indiana Department of Education's website. He said schools could choose to post their overall results of benchmark assessments in a wide variety of subjects to better communicate with families what areas the school may be excelling in and areas that need improvement.

"Families may use schools' standardized test scores or other metrics to decide which learning environment is best suited for their child, and while this information is public record, it's not always easy to find," Lindauer said. "This new system would be a one-stop-shop for parents to find overall ILEARN scores, AP exam results or other standardized tests, and further increase transparency for school accountability."

Indiana's current accountability system includes consequences for schools that do not meet expectations. Lindauer said this bill would hold schools harmless from ILEARN test results and provide them with a "null" or "no letter grade" for the 2020-2021 school year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. House Bill 1514 would also eliminate these consequences, including ending costly state takeovers of failing schools, a process that's shown little success. This means parents would instead choose to send their student to another school that better meets their needs.

House Bill 1514 can now be considered by the Senate for further consideration. For more information, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Shane Lindauer (R- Jasper) represents House District 63,
which includes portions of Daviess, Dubois, Pike and Martin counties.
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