Shaina Cavazos, Indianapolis Star

Shaina Cavazos

Indianapolis Star

Indianapolis, IN, United States

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Past articles by Shaina:

Indiana paid for thousands of students who never earned credits at virtual charter schools

Last year nearly 2,000 students never earned a single credit across Indiana’s six virtual charter schools, according to new data. → Read More

Almost 10,000 students went to this online school last year. 851 stayed the whole time

The virtual schools’ superintendent has called the data and claims based on it inaccurate but has not said what the errors are specifically. → Read More

No-show students and other allegations against troubled virtual schools spark outrage from state leaders

The harsh words came a day after the virtual charter schools were put on notice that their charter agreements could be revoked by their oversight agency. → Read More

Troubled Indiana virtual schools poised to lose charters amid claims thousands of students weren’t put in classes

Among the allegations: Last spring, 1,563 students enrolled at Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy for a full year were not signed up for any classes. → Read More

Indiana looks to ditch two A-F grades. Here’s how the feds would measure schools instead

The Indiana Department of Education will ask federal officials to approve an updated school rating system that relies on four categories to meet the requirements of ESSA. → Read More

Indiana school districts’ online programs attract attention — and scrutiny

Some state leaders want districts with students in online-only programs to receive less money than brick-and-mortar schools. → Read More

After flying under the radar, school districts’ online programs attract attention — and scrutiny

For years, local school districts in Indiana have run full-time, online-only programs for some of their students. There was no way to know how many students attended school virtually, and the districts collected the same amount of state funding as they would for students who sit in their physical classrooms. All that → Read More

Hardly any kids passed ISTEP at one of Indiana’s largest schools. Here’s why it’s not getting an F

Education department officials said the school did not get a grade because it did not test enough students who had been enrolled long enough to have one calculated. → Read More

IPS’ $272 million referendums passed. Here’s what that means for teachers.

The timeline for teacher raises depends on how quickly the district can reach an agreement with the union. → Read More

Here’s what Betsy DeVos has to say about Indiana’s failing virtual schools

DeVos has a history of supporting online charter schools, and her former organization has close ties to major virtual school operators. → Read More

More oversight, less growth: How Indiana could turn around its failing online schools

The state board committee unveiled recommendations Monday that will be sent to the full board next month and, eventually, to lawmakers. → Read More

Why Indiana officials pulled a private school’s vouchers and accreditation

The school, which received about $140,000 from the state last year, won’t receive any voucher money this year. → Read More

Indiana schools chief Jennifer McCormick won’t run for re-election, citing political clashes

McCormick, a Republican, is getting ready to begin her third year in office. → Read More

Here’s how some of Indiana’s online schools are trying to fix low testing turnout

While 99 percent of traditional school students are tested throughout the state, in online schools, rates generally fall below the federally mandated 95 percent. → Read More

As the 2018 school year begins, join us for storytelling from Indianapolis educators

The event is free and open to the public. → Read More

Grading problems delay release of 2018 ISTEP results

Technical problems with grading this year’s ISTEP exams will delay the release of test scores, Indiana Department of Education officials announced. → Read More

Grading problems delay release of 2018 ISTEP results

Results were expected to be released next week. → Read More

Indiana schools getting 2 state grades? Too confusing for parents and educators, experts say.

State education leaders asked for input from national experts in March. → Read More

Indiana spent years overhauling education. Did teaching get left behind?

If you’re a millennial, baby boomer, or something in-between, chances are you learned how to multiply fractions — and it was pretty easy. Numerator times numerator, denominator times denominator — boom. Answer. One-half times one-half is one-fourth. Two-thirds times one-third is two-ninths. You barely need to think about it. But why does that trick work? … → Read More

The future of education reform in Indiana is pushing career-readiness to the forefront

The goal is set up non-college-bound students for gainful employment in high-demand areas. → Read More