Public education in Indiana
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- 1 State agencies
- 2 Regional comparison
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Academic performance
- 5 Educational choice options
- 6 Education funding and expenditures
- 7 Organizations
- 8 Taxpayer-funded lobbying
- 9 Education ballot measures
- 10 Studies and reports
- 11 See also
- 12 External links
- 13 Additional reading
- 14 References
Indiana school districts
List of school districts in Indiana
Public education in Indiana
School board elections portal
The Indiana State Board of Education is tasked with establishing the state's education policy. The board is comprised of 11 members. The Superintendent of Public Instruction serves as the board's chair. The remaining 10 members are appointed by the governor (one from each of the state's congressional districts and one at-large member).
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.
- See also: General comparison table for education statistics in the 50 states
- See also: Education spending per pupil in all 50 states
The following chart shows how Indiana compares to three neighboring states with respect to number of students, schools, the number of teachers per pupil, and the number of administrators per pupil. Further comparisons between these states with respect to performance and financial information are given in other sections of this page.
|State||Schools||Districts||Students||Teachers||Teacher/pupil ratio||Administrator/pupil ratio||Per pupil spending|
| Sources: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey", 2011-12 v.1a.|
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
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.
|Demographic information for Indiana's K-12 public school system|
|Ethnicity||Students||State percentage||United States percentage**|
|Hawaiian Nat./Pacific Isl. Students||373||0.05%||0.42%|
|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.|
Enrollments by region type
A plurality of students in Indiana attend rural schools. Approximately 51 percent of the state's students attend city or suburban schools. Roughly 49 percent attend rural or town schools.
|Student distribution by region type, 2011 - 2012 (as percents)|
|State||City schools||Suburban schools||Town schools||Rural schools|
|Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD)|
- See also: NAEP scores by state
The National Center for Education Statistics provides state-by-state data on student achievement levels in mathematics and reading in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Compared to three neighboring states (Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio), Indiana boasted the largest share of fourth and eighth grade students scoring at or above proficient in mathematics.
|Percent of students scoring at or above proficient, 2012-2013|
|Math - Grade 4||Math - Grade 8||Reading - Grade 4||Reading - Grade 8|
|Source: United States Department of Education, ED Data Express, "State Tables," accessed May 13, 2014|
|NAEP assessment data for all students 2012-2013|
Graduation, ACT and SAT scores
|Comparison table for graduation rates and test scores*|
|State||Graduation rate, 2012||Average ACT Composite, 2012||Average SAT Composite, 2013|
|Percent||Quintile ranking**||Score||Participation rate||Score||Participation rate|
| *Regulatory Adjusted Cohort Rate (except for Idaho, Kentucky, Oklahoma, which did not report “Regulatory Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate,” but instead used their own method of calculation).|
**Graduation rates for states in the first quintile ranked in the top 20 percent nationally. Similarly, graduation rates for states in the fifth quintile ranked in the bottom 20 percent nationally.
Source: United States Department of Education, ED Data Express
- See also: Public high school dropout rates by state for a full comparison of dropout rates by group in all states
The high school event dropout rate indicates the proportion of students who were enrolled at some time during the school year and were expected to be enrolled in grades 9–12 in the following school year but were not enrolled by October 1 of the following school year. Students who have graduated, transferred to another school, died, moved to another country, or who are out of school due to illness are not considered dropouts. The average public high school event dropout rate for the United States remained constant at 3.3 percent for both SY 2010–11 and SY 2011–12. The event dropout rate for Indiana was lower than the national average at 1.8 percent in the 2010-2011 school year, and 2.1 percent in the 2011-2012 school year.
Educational choice options
- See also: School choice in Indiana
School choice options in Indiana include: charter schools, a school voucher program, tax credits, and intra-district and inter-district enrollment policies. In addition, about 10.22 percent of school age children in the state attend private schools, and 3.02 percent were homeschooled.
Education funding and expenditures
- See also: Indiana state budget
According to the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), the state spent approximately 32.9 percent of its fiscal year 2012 budget on elementary and secondary education. As a share of the budget, this is up 9.4 percentage points, or 40 percent, from fiscal year 2008, when the state spent 23.5 percent of its budget on elementary and secondary education.
|Comparison of financial figures for school systems|
|State||Percent of budget (2012)||Per pupil spending (2011)||Revenue sources (2011)|
|Percent federal funds||Percent state funds||Percent local funds|
| Sources: NASBO, "State Expenditure Report," Table 8: Elementary and Secondary Education Expenditures As a Percent of Total Expenditures |
U.S. Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011,Governments Division Reports," issued May 2013
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, public school system revenues in Indiana totaled approximately $12 billion in fiscal year 2011. The table and chart below present further detail, including revenue sources, for Indiana and surrounding states.
|Revenues by source, FY 2011 (amounts in thousands)|
|Federal revenue||State revenue||Local revenue||Total revenue|
|Source: National Center for Education Statistics|
|Public school revenues by source, FY 2011 (as percents)|
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, public school system expenditures in Indiana totaled approximately $11.1 billion in fiscal year 2011. The table and chart below present further detail, including expenditure types, for Indiana and surrounding states.
|Expenditures by type, FY 2011 (amounts in thousands)|
|Current expenditures**||Capital outlay||Other***||Total expenditures|
| **Funds spent operating local public schools and local education agencies, including such expenses as salaries for school personnel, student transportation, school books and materials, and energy costs, but excluding capital outlay, interest on school debt, payments to private schools, and payments to public charter schools.|
***Includes payments to state and local governments, payments to private schools, interest on school system indebtedness, and nonelementary-secondary expenditures, such as adult education and community services expenditures.
Source: National Center for Education Statistics
|Public school expenditures, FY 2011 (as percents)|
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average national salary for classroom teachers in public elementary and secondary schools has declined by 1.3 percent from the 1999-2000 school year to the 2012-2013 school year. During the same period in Indiana, the average salary decreased by 10 percent.
|Estimated average salaries for teachers (in constant dollars**)|
|**"Constant dollars based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), prepared by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, adjusted to a school-year basis. The CPI does not account for differences in inflation rates from state to state."|
In 2012 the Fordham Institute and Education Reform Now assessed the power and influence of state teacher unions in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Their rankings were based on 37 different variables in five broad areas, including: resources and membership, involvement in politics, scope of bargaining, state policies and perceived influence. Indiana ranked 31st overall, or "average," which was in the third of five tiers.
The main unions related to the Indiana school system are the Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA), an affiliate of the National Education Association (NEA), and the Indiana Federation of Teachers, an affiliate of American Federation of Teachers. ISTA is the largest education association in the state. For the 2003 tax period ISTA had: $19.2 million in total revenue, $19.0 million in total expenses and $20.8 million in total assets. For the same period, the Indiana Federation of Teachers had: $524,032 in total revenue, $579,406 in total expenses and $232,097 in total assets.
List of local Indiana school unions:
- Indiana State Teachers Association
- Indiana Federation of Teachers
- AFT Local 519 (Anderson, Indiana)
- AFT Hammond Teachers Local 394
- Columbus Educators Association
- Warrick County Teachers Association
- Indianapolis Education Association
- See also: Indiana government sector lobbying
The main education government sector lobbying organization is the Indiana School Boards Association.
Education ballot measures
Studies and reports
State Budget Solutions education study
State Budget Solutions examined national trends in education from 2009 to 2011, including state-by-state analysis of education spending, graduation rates, and average ACT scores. The study showed that the states which spent the most did not have the highest average ACT test scores, nor did they have the highest average graduation rates. A summary of the study is available here. The full report can be accessed here.
- Indiana state budget
- Indiana Department of Education
- Indiana school districts
- Education Policy in the U.S.
- Indiana Department of Education
- Indiana State Board of Education
- Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction
- Indiana Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)
- Post-Tribune, "Audit generally kind to schools," February 10, 2010
- The Journal Gazette, "'Voucher' rider stirs fight over education," June 14, 2009
- 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
- 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."
- United States Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011," accessed March 18, 2014
- United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Common Core of Data (CCD); Table 2.—Number of operating public schools and districts, state enrollment, teacher and pupil/teacher ratio by state: School year 2011-12," accessed May 12, 2014
- United States Department of Education, "ED Data Express," accessed May 12, 2014
- Indiana Department of Education, "State Superintendent of Public Instruction," accessed May 15, 2014
- Indiana State Board of Education, "Board Members," accessed May 15, 2014
- Indiana State Board of Education, "Welcome," accessed May 15, 2014
- Common Core State Standards Initiative, "Core Standards in your State," accessed June 12, 2014
- USA Today, "State lawmakers push Common Core agenda with 340 bills," June 13, 2014
- 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
- United States Department of Education, ED Data Express, "State Tables," accessed May 13, 2014
- ACT, "2012 ACT National and State Scores," accessed May 13, 2014
- Commonwealth Foundation, "SAT Scores by State 2013," October 10, 2013
- United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Common Core of Data (CCD), State Dropout and Graduation Rate Data File, School Year 2010-11, Provision Version 1a and School Year 2011-12, Preliminary Version 1a," accessed May 13, 2014
- National Association of State Budget Officers, "State Expenditure Report, 2011-2013," accessed February 21, 2014
- National Association of State Budget Officers, "State Expenditure Report, 2009-2011," accessed February 24, 2014
- National Association of State Budget Officers, "State Expenditures Report, 2010-2012," accessed February 24, 2014
- National Association of State Budget Officers, "State Expenditure Report, 2009," accessed February 24, 2014
- National Association of State Budget Officers, "State Expenditure Report, 2008," accessed February 24, 2014
- United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary School Districts: School Year 2010–11," accessed May 13, 2014
- United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Table 211.60. Estimated average annual salary of teachers in public elementary and secondary schools, by state: Selected years, 1969-70 through 2012-13," accessed May 13, 2014
- Thomas E Fordham Institute, " How Strong Are U.S. Teacher Unions? A State-By-State Comparison," October 29, 2012
- Center for Union Facts, "Indiana State Teachers Association," accessed February 6, 2010
- Center for Union Facts, "Indiana Federation of Teachers," accessed February 6, 2010
- Center for Union Facts, "Indiana teachers unions," accessed February 6, 2010