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K-12 Education in Indiana
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Education facts
State Superintendent: Glenda Ritz
Number of students: 1,040,765[1]
Number of teachers: 62,339
Teacher/pupil ratio: 1:16.7
Number of school districts: 394
Number of schools: 1,933
Graduation rate: 86%[2]
Per-pupil spending: $9,370[3]
See also
Indiana Department of EducationList of school districts in IndianaIndianaSchool boards portal
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Indiana is home to 1,933 schools and 1,040,765 K-12 students.[4]

Quick facts

State school administrators

  • State Board of Education
    • State Superintendent Glenda Ritz (D), Chair
    • Tony Walker, First Congressional District
    • Dr. David Freitas, Second Congressional District
    • Cari Whicker, Third Congressional District
    • Sarah O’Brien, Fourth Congressional District
    • Andrea Neal, Fifth Congressional District
    • Dr. Brad Oliver, Sixth Congressional District
    • Daniel Elsener, Seventh Congressional District
    • B.J. Watts, Eighth Congressional District
    • Troy Albert, Ninth Congressional District
    • Gordon Hendry, At-Large Member


The following table displays the state's top 10 school districts by total student enrollment.

Student enrollment
1.) Indianapolis Public Schools
2.) Fort Wayne Community Schools
3.) Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation
4.) South Bend Community School Corporation
5.) Hamilton Community Schools
6.) Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township
7.) Vigo County School Corporation
8.) Carmel Clay Schools
9.) Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township
10.) Metropolitan School District of Perry Township


See also: Demographic information for all students in all 50 states

The following table displays the ethnic distribution of students in Indiana as reported in the National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data for 2011-2012.[5]

Demographic information for Indiana's K-12 public school system
Ethnicity Students State percentage United States percentage**
American Indian 1,923 0.29% 1.10%
Asian 24,546 1.72% 4.68%
African American 72,122 12.20% 15.68%
Hawaiian Nat./Pacific Isl. Students 373 0.05% 0.42%
Hispanic 108,165 8.96% 24.37%
White 337,489 72.46% 51.21%
Two or more 9,819 4.31% 2.54%
**Note: This is the percentage of all students in the United States that are reported to be of this ethnicity.

In the news

State waiver extension

On July 8, 2014, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz accused the State Board of Education and the education agency led by Gov. Mike Pence, of deliberately undermining her department's work to extend the state's waiver from No Child Left Behind and other strict federal education requirements. According to the board, Ritz did not inform them of proposed fixes to the waiver when it was requested in 2013. Ritz did submit amendments to the waiver to the U.S. Department of Education in a bid for a one-year extension on June 30, 2014. In a statement, Ritz said, “I have said from the start that I am a strong proponent of renewing and extending our waiver. Unfortunately, the governor-appointed State Board of Education and his separate education staff appears determined to undermine our work.”[6]

State law

Common Core

Common Core, or the Common Core State Standards Initiative, is an American education initiative that outlines quantifiable benchmarks in English and mathematics at each grade level from kindergarten through high school. Although Indiana was one of the first states to adopt the Common Core standards, Governor Mike Pence signed legislation in March 2014 that dropped the standards. Indiana was the first state in the nation to drop the Common Core standards.[7][8]

School board composition

Generally, board members are elected by residents of the school district, though there are a few districts whose boards are appointed. School boards in Indiana usually consist of five to seven members that serve four-year terms. According to Indiana state law, the number of members should consist of a number of members equal to the number of township schools under the administration of the county superintendent.[9] Elections are held in even-numbered election years in November.[10]

District types

School districts in Indiana are divided into eight different types: school townships, school cities and towns, township school corporations, county school corporations, consolidated school corporations, metropolitan school districts, community school corporations and united school corporations. All types of school districts in Indiana are considered by Indiana law to be school corporations.[11]

Term limits

Indiana does not impose statewide term limits on school board members.[12]

School board elections

Upcoming elections

See also: Indiana school board elections, 2015

No top enrollment districts in Indiana are scheduled to hold elections in 2015.

Path to the ballot

A candidate for a school board office must file a statement of economic interest and petition of nomination. In a metropolitan school corporation, the petition must be signed by at least ten registered voters residing in the same board member district as the nominee. In a community school corporation, the petition must be signed by at least ten registered voters residing within the boundaries of the school corporation. Additional petition requirements may be necessary depending on the school corporations.[13]

Campaign finance

Candidates for school board positions must file campaign finance documents with the county election board of the county where the greatest percentage of the school corporation resides. They should then should contact the county election board for information on campaign finance reporting requirements.[13]

See also

External links

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  1. National Center for Education Statistics, "Table 2. Number of operating public schools and districts, state enrollment, teacher and pupil/teacher ratio by state: School year 2011–12," accessed March 18, 2014
  2. ED Data Express, "State Tables Report," accessed March 17, 2014 The site includes this disclaimer: "States converted to an adjusted cohort graduation rate [starting in the 2010-2011 school year], which may or may not be the same as the calculation they used in prior years. Due to the potential differences, caution should be used when comparing graduation rates across states."
  3. United States Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011," accessed March 18, 2014
  4. National Center for Education Statistics, "State Education Data Profiles," accessed August 15, 2013
  5. United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Common Core of Data (CCD), State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey, 2011-2012," accessed May 7, 2014
  6. Indystar, "Glenda Ritz: State Board wants to undermine my authority," July 8, 2014
  7. Common Core State Standards Initiative, "Core Standards in your State," accessed June 12, 2014
  8. USA Today, "State lawmakers push Common Core agenda with 340 bills," June 13, 2014
  9. Indiana General Assembly, "Organization of School Corporations," accessed July 11, 2014
  10. Indiana Secretary of State, "Election Calendar," accessed July 11, 2014
  11. United States Census Bureau, "Indiana," accessed July 11, 2014
  12. Electronic School, "Survey of the State School Boards Associations on Term Limits for Local Board Members," accessed July 11, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 Indiana Secretary of State, "2014 Candidate Guide," accessed July 11, 2014