Indiana's online schools face scrutiny over scores, growth

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Hoosier Academies and Indiana Connections Academy are both sponsored by Ball State University. Neither school came close to the state average for ISTEP+ scores last year. Ball State has ordered Hoosier Academies to submit a corrective action plan after it received an "F'' on the state's A-F grading scale two years in a row.

Teran Armstrong, head of school for Hoosier Academies, said rapid growth and a lack of best practices in the new world of virtual education have contributed to the school's challenges.

"We went from 500 students to 1,800 students to this year, we had 4,000," Armstrong told the South Bend Tribune.

"We're learning how to best serve the type of students we serve. I tell our teachers we are expected to perform on par with brick and mortars that have been there for a century and have a mascot and football games."

So far, that hasn't happened.

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