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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Government Efficiency Committee on K-12 Hits Roadblock?

Recent publications have indicated a potential dispute in state government brewing over the role of a state appointed Government Efficiency Committee on K-12 Education. The committee, appointed by Governor Daniels, has evidently studied some emerging research that indicates around 70% of the variation in Indiana's ISTEP+ scores can be attributed to factors outside the school's control.

The biggest factor attributed to the ISTEP score variation was community poverty.

Some educational newsletters are reporting that the governor's office has attempted to squash the research, stating that the Government Efficiency Committee is operating outside it's mission. These sources indicate the governor's office is afraid that the research will give credence to the ISTA lawsuit that claims the Indiana school funding formula has not been properly applied across the state.

One article about the dispute is here.

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