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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
School accreditation. Makes various changes, beginning in 2014, to the manner in which a school may be accredited under a performance based accreditation system. Provides that a school may be accredited under a performance based accreditation system approved by the Indiana state board of education (state board) or by a national or regional accreditation agency that is approved by the state board. Provides that the state board shall establish: (1) a system for approving agencies or entities that seek to accredit schools in Indiana; and (2) a procedure for determining whether a school is making progress toward meeting the criteria for accreditation by a national or regional accreditation agency approved by the state board. Provides that the Indiana department of education (department) shall establish a schedule for verifying compliance with legal standards and shall report noncompliance to the state board. Requires the state board to verify compliance with legal standards and to adopt rules to establish consequences of noncompliance. Requires the department to publish on its Internet web site the accreditation status and legal compliance status of each school and school corporation. Eliminates the probationary accreditation status. Provides that the department shall determine when a school or a school corporation has complied with certain legal standards. Provides that the department may conduct an onsite evaluation of a school or school corporation to make a recommendation to the state board as to the legal compliance status of the school or school corporation. Makes conforming amendments.