Authors: Senator Ryan Mishler, Senator Luke Kenley, Senator Brandt Hershman
Co-authors: Senator Ed Charbonneau, Senator Douglas Eckerty, Senator Patricia Miller, Senator Scott Schneider, Senator Dennis Kruse, Senator Rodric Bray, Senator Mark Stoops, Senator Karen Tallian, Senator R Michael Young
Sponsors: Representative Timothy Brown
Co-Sponsors: Representative David Ober, Representative Gregory Porter, Representative Timothy Harman
Advisors: Senator Luke Kenley, Senator Mark Stoops, Senator Dennis Kruse, Senator Carlin Yoder
Requires the attorney general in consultation with the Indiana education employment relations board (IEERB) to draft and disseminate a letter by first class mail to teachers providing a summary of the teacher's rights and protections under state and federal law. Provides that the state board of education (state board) may not adopt Common Core standards or an assessment or test that is produced solely by the United States government or a consortium of states. Requires the department of education (department) to establish a program to permit an individual with a major in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics and a minor in education to obtain a teaching license. Provides that a school corporation must consider certain factors in developing a performance evaluation model. Provides that a school corporation shall report its staff performance evaluation plan to the department (which may review the plan for efficacy) and IEERB (which may review the plan for legality). Provides that the state board, in consultation with the department, shall define "low population schools" and shall determine the criteria for placing low population schools in performance categories. Provides that in developing metrics for the categories to measure school performance, the state board, in consultation with the department, shall consider the severity of tested students' disabilities when using ISTEP scores. Requests the legislative council to assign the topic of replacing the ISTEP test to a study committee.