Ritz Discusses Plans In Summit City (VIDEO)

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

August 21, 2013 Updated Aug 21, 2013 at 10:18 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Glenda Ritz, made a stop in the Summit City Tuesday afternoon to share her plans on improving schools.

Ritz says her plans will focus on the culture of Indiana schools, things like safety and discipline, instruction and parent-outreach.

That way schools can see where they're making growth in particular areas. She also noted that she's never been in favor of labeling schools, saying when you label a school, you label the students and limit their future opportunities.

"I'm hoping that through talk and conversation that we might get to the point in Indiana where we don't have a need for the labels, that the data speaks for itself-the data is the most important thing that the school's can have for school improvement," Ritz said. "They have to see where they achieve and how they grow."

Ritz says she will also be focusing on standards reviews, assessment alignments and year-round literacy programs.




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