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Online schools face scrutiny over scores, growth

SOUTH BEND – Indiana’s two largest online charter schools are facing scrutiny over low test scores and rapid growth.

Hoosier Academies and Indiana Connections Academy are both sponsored by Ball State University. Both schools fell well short of the state average for ISTEP+ scores last year, and Hoosier Academies received an “F” on the state’s A-F grading scale two years in a row.

Hoosier Academies head of school Teran Armstrong tells the South Bend Tribune that rapid growth and a lack of best practices in the new world of virtual education have contributed to the school’s challenges.

Indiana Connections Academy fell from a B to a D on the state’s A-F grading chart last year.

Principal Melissa Brown says it will take a few years to turn the tide.