INDIANAPOLIS

Citywide Education Progress Report

Key Takeaways: Student and School Outcomes

While the city is slightly above the national average when it comes to how well it educates low-income students, school proficiency rates in reading and math have remained flat over the past four years, relative to state averages. In addition, racial and ethnic sub-groups are not proportionately enrolled in advanced math coursework, and citywide graduation rates have declined.

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Is the education system continuously improving?

►Between 2011-12 and 2014-15, graduation rates declined relative to state averages. In 2014-15, the city’s graduation rate was below the state’s.

Data: Percent of firsttime 9th grade students graduating in four years, citywide and statewide.
Source: EDFacts Initiative, U.S. Department of Education, Assessment and Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rates Data, 2011-12 to 2014-15.


►Between 2011-12 and 2014-15, the city’s math proficiency rate trends mirrored the state’s. In 2014-15, the city’s proficiency rate was 12 percentage points below the state’s.

Data: The city’s estimated gains in proficiency rates across elementary and middle schools, standardized at the state level and controlling for student demographics.
Source: Indiana State Board of Education, 2011-12 to 2014-15.


► Between 2011-12 and 2014-15, the city’s reading proficiency rate trends mirrored the state’s. In 2014-15, the city’s proficiency rate was 12 percentage points below the state’s.

Data: The city’s estimated gains in proficiency rates across elementary and middle schools, standardized at the state level and controlling for student demographics.
Source: Indiana State Board of Education, 2011-12 to 2014-15.


Do students have access to a high-quality education?

► The Education Equality Index (EEI) identifies how low-income students are performing in cities and schools across the country. See this interactive tool to explore individual school performance.

Data: The Education Equality Index (EEI) was supplied by Education Cities and GreatSchools. See their site for more detail.
Sources: Indiana State Board of Education, 2010-11 to 2014-15; National Assessment of Educational Progress, 2010-11 to 2014-15.

► Low-income students in Indianapolis are performing somewhat better in math and reading than low-income students nationally. EEI scores have improved 4% over time.

Data: The Education Equality Index (EEI) was supplied by Education Cities and GreatSchools. See their site for more detail.
Sources: Indiana State Board of Education, 2010-11 to 2014-15; National Assessment of Educational Progress, 2010-11 to 2014-15.

In 2013-14, black students were enrolled in advanced math coursework at lower rates than the high school population while white students were enrolled at higher rates.

Data: Enrollment of students in math courses above Algebra II. Rates calculated by dividing the number of students enrolled in advanced math by the number of students in the school. Sub-group rates determined at the school level.
Source: U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, Civil Rights Data Collection 2013-2014.

Data & Scoring

Where did we get this data?

► Publicly available state and federal data, making our results comparable and reproducible.

► The most up-to-date data available for all 18 cities at the time of our data collection. See Methodology & Resources for more information.

What makes the data citywide?

► We include all charter and district schools within the municipal boundary of a city.

► In Houston, Indianapolis, Memphis, New Orleans, and San Antonio we use school data from multiple districts within the municipal boundary.

Background

About Indianapolis

Indianapolis has 11 public districts; the most prominent, Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), includes about a third of all schools citywide. Reform efforts are beginning in IPS with the potential to extend to outer township districts. IPS is rapidly building out a system of autonomous schools that gives leaders more decisionmaking authority to adjust curriculum, make staffing decisions, and control the budget. The mayor’s office is a significant player as a charter authorizer. A local nonprofit, The Mind Trust, supports collaboration efforts and has incubated third-party organizations that offer education services.

School Choice in the City

Indianapolis families have a diverse set of options within the city, including charter schools and IPS magnets, Innovation, and alternative schools. Six of the ten surrounding townships provide choice based on capacity to families living outside of the district. IPS assigns a default neighborhood school for K–8, which families must opt out of if they wish to attend a different school.

Governance Model

Indianapolis Public Schools is one among 11 school districts within the city’s municipal boundary. The mayor’s office is the main charter authorizer.

2015 District and Charter Student Body

Enrollment: 150,145 students
Race and ethnicity: 37% white, 37% black, 18% Hispanic, 8% other
Low-income: 67% free and reduced-price lunch

2017 School Composition 

Source: Enrollment data from EDFacts, 2014-15.
School data from researcher analysis of public records, 2016-17.

The Center on Reinventing Public Education is a research and policy analysis center at the University of Washington Bothell developing systemwide solutions for K–12 public education. Questions? Email crpe@uw.edu.