Bluffton

Dance party!

Dance party!

Dance party!

Let the testing begin

Wells students to start ISTEP+ this week

Wells graduation rates better than state’s

High school graduation rates in Wells County again have exceeded the state average.

Bluffton NOW! effort catches the eye of Bluffton middle schoolers

As an ambitious effort to rethink and reshape Bluffton’s downtown moves forward, the expansive project is drawing interest from community members.

‘We need welders’

‘We need welders’

Area high schools will offer certified training

Barker talks finances, hoping state money keeps up with inflation

Per-student state funding for the Bluffton-Harrison Metropolitan School District has not kept pace with inflation, Superintendent Wayne Barker said Monday.

Communication and technology

Communication and technology

Bluffton-Harrison Middle School students produce announcements

Schools emphasize flexibility in ISTEP+ planning

Indiana schools have instructions from state education officials on how to administer the ISTEP+ exam, just days before students can begin taking the test.

Proposed budget could give a funding boost to schools

Each of Wells County’s three public school districts would see funding increases under a proposed two-year state budget.

ISTEP administrators say server capacity boosted

A company that administers the state’s ISTEP+ test has increased server capacity ahead of the upcoming exam, after a test run of the system last week led to problems locally and throughout Indiana.

School grades, ISTEP+ will stay linked

Despite a refusal by the State Board of Education to consider suspending education accountability, the idea seems unlikely to fade away.

ISTEP+ test run produces hiccups

ISTEP+ test run produces hiccups

A test run Thursday of the state’s ISTEP+ exam again produced problems for schools locally and throughout Indiana.

State school board could defer grades

The State Board of Education will consider a measure to suspend education accountability for one year.

Local schools on the lookout for measles

Health and schools officials in Wells County will continue to monitor cases of measles that have sickened people in 17 states and Washington, D.C.

Local schools await ISTEP+ instructions

Wells County educators say it is unclear how a move by Gov. Mike Pence to seek cuts in testing time for the state’s ISTEP+ exam might affect their plans for the test.

#WayneBarker #aceofTwitter

#WayneBarker #aceofTwitter

Wayne Barker has become something of a celebrity — in the virtual world, at least.

Long ISTEP test worries area educators

Area educators say they are concerned about a move by state officials to lengthen this year’s ISTEP test and an accompanying practice exam.

Remonstrance foes allege violations by school workers

State officials and Wells County Clerk Yvette Runkle will not investigate claims Bluffton-Harrison Metropolitan School District employees acted improperly during an effort last year to secure votes for a planned...

‘To be nice’

‘To be nice’

Bluffton kindergartner collects funds to donate iPads

Pre-K program funding support grows

Support is growing for state-funded pre-kindergarten programs across the country, according to a new report released this month.

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