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INDIANA'S NAEP SCORES FELL IN 2019
What does that mean for Hoosier students?

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education released the latest scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), commonly referred to as “The Nation’s Report Card.” Indiana’s scores are disappointing and mirror the state’s recently released ILEARN results

In 2019, only 37 percent of Indiana 8th graders demonstrated proficiency in reading and math on NAEP. In 4th grade, 37 percent of students achieved proficiency in reading, while 47 percent were proficient in math. Average scores in reading declined and average scores in math held relatively steady since the test was last administered in 2017. While average scores in math have gone up over time, Indiana’s performance in reading has held steady since 2002. 

2019 NAEP scores serve as a call to action to identify and address the root causes that contribute to low proficiency scores. Read more in our latest blog post. 

LESSONS FROM SWITZERLAND
Could Youth Apprenticeship Be One Answer to Help Address Indiana's Skills Gap?

This month, Dr. Ursula Renold, Head of Comparative Education Research Division at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, joined nearly 500 Indiana business and civic leaders to pose a solution to Indiana’s workforce development problem: create a link between education and employment through a dual system of education and training, like the Swiss Vocational Education and Training (VET) system.

Read more about the discussion with Dr. Renold and other lessons we can learn from the Swiss VET system on our blog.

GRANTEE SPOTLIGHTS
Butler University Breaks Ground on $100 Million Sciences Complex

On October 3rd, Butler University held the official groundbreaking for its new, state-of-the-art sciences complex. The project includes new high-tech classrooms designed to promote learning by doing, labs that mimic the set-up at top research companies, and work spaces meant to encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration. The Fairbanks Foundation has awarded $13 million to support the sciences complex expansion and renovation project.

Butler is one of a handful of family legacy grantees named by Dick Fairbanks when establishing his namesake foundation. Mr. Fairbanks was a Trustee of Butler for 11 years and also a Trustee Emeritus.

IU Fairbanks School of Public Health Honors Professor Menachemi as Recipient of Endowed Richard M. Fairbanks Chair
Last month, the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI celebrated the investiture of Nir Menachemi, PhD, MPH, as the recipient and steward of the endowed Richard M. Fairbanks Chair during the Inaugural Chair Investiture Ceremony. The largest single grant ever awarded by the Fairbanks Foundation is a $20 million gift to help establish the School and the endowed Chair.
Don't Forget About the Significant Dangers of Cigarettes
Claire Fiddian-Green in the IBJ's Forefront

Recent headlines about a mysterious vaping-related lung illness that has resulted in the deaths of at least 26 people in 21 states—including three in Indiana—have riveted the nation. To date, 1,299 cases have been reported of lung injury associated with the use of e-cigarette products.

Especially worrisome is the rapidly rising rate of youth vaping. A recent survey shows e-cigarette use among Indiana high schoolers increased more than 380% from 2012 to 2018. What’s particularly troubling is that many students inaccurately believe vaping is not harmful.

While we must continue our efforts to address youth vaping, we can’t forget about the far more deadly consequences of smoking. This is especially critical given strong evidence showing children and adolescents who vape are significantly more likely to go on to use traditional cigarettes.

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