Scandals on State Board of Education agenda

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When the Indiana Board of Education meets Wednesday morning, two of the most talked about education scandals will be on the agenda.

The public meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. in Conference Room A at Indiana Government Center South, which is located at 402 W. Washington St.

Two of the agenda items are listed as “A-F Accountability Update” and “ISTEP Update – CTB/McGraw Hill.”

The A-F Accountability Update could revolve around the scandal surrounding accusations against former state superintendent Tony Bennett.  Bennett is accused of altering the program to help improve the grade of a school run by a prominent Republican donor.  Bennett, whose 2012 emails on the topic were made public recently, resigned his new post as Florida’s education commissioner last week.

In the wake of the controversy, some have questioned the validity of the A-F Accountability program altogether.

The other item centers around the widespread computer problems and disruptions experienced by thousands of Hoosier schoolchildren during this past school year’s ISTEP testing.

An independent study released last week said the test results were not impacted by the disruptions.  However, the current state superintendent, Glenda Ritz, has said she plans on pursuing hundreds of thousands of dollars in penalties against the test administrator, CTB/McGraw Hill.

A request to interview Ritz ahead of Wednesday’s meeting was not granted.

For a full look at the Board of Education’s agenda, visit http://www.doe.in.gov/idoe/sboe/state-board-education-august-7-2013.