K-12 education accounts for 50 percent of Indiana’s General Fund spending. This makes it important for Hoosiers to have an understanding of how Indiana’s standardized testing policies, including the new ILEARN exam, affect our schools, teachers and students.

Kiersten Haynes, left, a seventh-grade student, won Eastside’s spelling bee recently. Seventh-grade student JayLynn Ferguson, right, was runner-up. The winning word was “trembling.”

These Butler Elementary School fourth-grade students achieved perfect scores on the American Legion’s flag test, locally sponsored by American Legion Post 202 of Butler. In front are Damion Evans and Ezra Fuentes. In the middle row are Kreed’yn Bess, Kayden Dale, Elyn Brown, girls winner Mav…

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