When virtual education was approved in Indiana in 2008, there was a requirement that more than 50% of the instruction had to occur face-to-face. As a result, the initial programs launched as blended learning schools instead of fully virtual.
K12 Inc. offers a number of full-time and part-time options for students who want to learn online. One of its increasingly popular options is the two-day blended model, where students work two days a week from a learning center with face-to-face instruction and the other three days from remote locations. In 2007, it partnered with Ball State University to create its first school of this type. Hoosier Academies is a public charter school with learning centers in Indianapolis that are tuition free.
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Hoosier Academies Indianapolis
2855 N Franklin Rd
In 2013-2014 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. GreatSchools Ratings for schools in IN are currently based on 2012-13 results for ISTEP+ and ECA, pending the release of ECA data for 2013-14. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
In 2012-2013 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
IREAD-3 assesses the 2014 Indiana Academic Standards, specifically those standards which align to foundational skills in reading.