A new way to track student growth in Indiana PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 16 February 2010 00:00
    In an era when high-stakes accountability is at the forefront of education, often schools are judged on which students are proficient and which are not, leaving the measurement of student growth out of the equation completely.
    But with the recent submission of Fast Forward, Indiana’s Race to the Top plan, Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett proudly announced recently the Indiana Department of Education’s (IDOE) creation of the Indiana Growth Model. 
    The model, detailed within the Fast Forward plan, will allow Indiana schools to keep score on student progress and provide meaningful data to drive curriculum and classroom instruction. After two years of study, Indiana has identified the Student Growth Percentile method as the best option for Indiana’s students, parents and schools.
    “This model has been a long time coming for this state and our schools. We owe Dr. Suellen Reed many thanks for her initial work on this project,” Bennett said. “For the first time, measuring growth will allow us to focus on the outputs of education, and we will be able to see how much progress students around Indiana make, not just how many more students pass the test.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2010 14:50
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Minority and women-owned businesses connect at 11th annual Minority & Women Business Owners Conference PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 16 February 2010 00:00


    On March 18, nearly 500 business owners and 100 exhibitors will gather at Horseshoe Southern Indiana for the 11th annual Minority & Women Business Owners Conference sponsored by One Southern Indiana. Attendees are expected to arrive from throughout Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. Unlike any event in this region, the conference is open to all business owners and targets certified, disadvantaged, and veteran-owned entities as well as those seeking to do business with these certified business groups. Business owners interested in learning more about becoming certified by an accrediting agency are also encouraged to attend.
    The conference features a full range of conference activity beginning at 8 a.m. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, exhibitors, and a selection of six workshops including social networking, strategic planning, leadership, branding and marketing, wellness and stress relief, and sales success.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 February 2010 15:58
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State of Emergency issued for Washington County PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 February 2010 00:00
   The Washington County Sheriff's Office has issued a State of Emergency for Washington County due to today's severe Winter weather. All residents are urged to stay off the roads when at all possible, leaving only essential traffic, which includes emergency vehicles, road crews and driving to and from work.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 February 2010 13:40
 
Positive changes taking place at St. Vincent PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 February 2010 00:00
    St. Vincent Salem Hospital took the ground running releasing ideas about moving into the future during a special meeting Feb. 11.
    Plans ranging from quality of care to record keeping was discussed at the meeting, which was attended by Interim CEO Joe Roche, Bruce Haga, vice president of the physicians network, John Winenger, Melissa Richardson, public relations/marketing manager and Tom Wiser, lead system consultant/marketing.
Last Updated on Friday, 12 February 2010 14:32
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High speed chase leads to arrest, two suspects remain on the run PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Thursday, 11 February 2010 00:00
       A Pekin man was arrested and two other suspects are on the lose following a high speed chase Feb. 10 in Harrison County.
    According to a news release from the Indiana State Police, a trooper patrolling State Road 135 near Corydon attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a gold 1996 Ford Ranger for unsafe lane movement.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 February 2010 14:37
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