State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile

State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile - Indiana

June 2018


This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.
 


Kindergarten Requirements
What is the compulsory school age? Age 7 Ind. Code Ann. § 20-33-2-6
What is the state's kindergarten entrance age? Age 5 on August 1 Ind. Code Ann. § 20-33-2-7
What age exemptions or waivers exist for kindergarten entrance? Opt-in: Age 5, Districts may adopt a procedure for parental appeal. Once enrolled in school, a child falls under compulsory school law. Ind. Code Ann. § 20-33-2-6;
Ind. Code Ann. § 20-33-2-7
Does the state require children to attend kindergarten? No Ind. Code Ann. § 20-33-2-8 (West)
Does the state require the district to offer kindergarten and if so, full or half day? What exemptions exist for districts? Yes — Half-Day Ind. Code Ann. § 20-26-5-1
How many hours are required for grades K-3? 5 hours per day for grades 1-6 Ind. Code Ann. § 20-30-2-2 
Teacher Quality
What are the teacher-to-student ratio requirements for grade K-3? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations. Ind. Code Ann. § 20-25-9-6;
Ind. Admin. Code T. 511, Art. 6.1, R. 4, Repealed
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in reading? Teacher preparation: Any individual seeking to be licensed as an elementary school teacher must demonstrate proficiency in comprehensive scientifically-based reading instruction skills. Transition to teaching program requires at least 6 credit hours in reading instruction for elementary and P-3 teaching. Ind. Code Ann. § 20-28-5-12;
Ind. Code Ann. § 20-28-4-4

511 Ind. Admin. Code 6.2-4-3
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in math? Teacher Preparation: Any individual seeking a license must demonstrate proficiency in basic mathematics. Ind. Code Ann. § 20-28-5-12
511 Ind. Admin. Code 6.2-4-3
Does the state have an early learning endorsement or license specific to K-3? Early childhood education setting and license content area, Pre-K to grade 3. 511 Ind. Admin. Code 15-4-1
511 Ind. Admin. Code 10.1-3-6
School Readiness and Transitions
Are kindergarten entrance assessments required? If a student enrolls in school and has not attended kindergarten, the superintendent shall determine if the student should enroll in first grade or kindergarten using the assessment adopted by the governing body. Ind. Code Ann. § 20-33-2-7
What are states required to do with the results of the KEA? Results are used to determine grade placement. Ind. Code Ann. § 20-33-2-7 
Are there programs in place to guide the pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition process? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Does the state have a statutory definition of school readiness? What do states use their definition of school readiness to inform? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Assessment, Intervention and Retention
Are assessments required in grades K-3? The State Department of Education must develop a reading plan to include formative and summative assessments for: students in K-2 in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension; and students in grade three and higher in vocabulary and comprehension; and students in grade 3 in vocabulary and comprehension related to content knowledge. 511 Ind. Admin. Code 6.2-3.1-3
What do the results of K-3 assessments inform? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Are there interventions available beginning in kindergarten? What are the interventions available for students in grades K-3? Scientifically-based reading strategies, instruction by an effective teacher, at least ninety (90) minutes of reading instruction daily, tutoring, family engagement, a mentor or tutor with specialized reading training, extended-day programs or supplemental instruction services. 511 Ind. Admin. Code 6.2-3.1-5
Is there a third grade retention policy? Yes, if the student does not achieve a passing score on the IREAD-3 assessment. 511 Ind. Admin. Code 6.2-3.1-3
Family Engagement
For those states with pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition guidance, is family engagement a requirement? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
For those states with third grade retention policies, is parental input required? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Social-Emotional Learning
Where is social-emotional development emphasized in statute? The department of education, in coordination with the departments of child services and corrections, with the division of mental health and addiction, is required to develop a social, emotional and behavioral health plan. Ind. Code Ann. § 20-19-5-1 

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