Indiana is set to unveil ILEARN results later this week, and officials say the data is a key tool to gauge student learning during the pandemic. But some parents question the value of the test and whether it should really be used to inform policy – especially after last school year.

Fewer Indiana students were evaluated for disabilities that would qualify them for special education services in the 2019-2020 school year than in previous school years, according to data provided by the Indiana Department of Education. Under federal law, an individualized education program (IEP) evaluation must be conducted to determine whether a student has a disability and is therefore eligible for special education services.

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, or SHPE, is connecting with high school and college students, and helping them prepare for possible job opportunities. 

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 311 additional confirmed deaths over the last week – the most reported in a single week during the pandemic. That brings the state’s total to 5,040 confirmed deaths.

Indiana’s top health official says every college student heading home from school should act like they’ve been exposed to COVID-19.