Teachers worry about revamped ISTEP test

A teacher's manual for the test sits on a computer table where students take the ISTEP test at Emmons Elementary School in Mishawaka, Ind. Wednesday May 1, 2013. Issues with the computer based testing program have caused some problems with the ISTEP test.  The Indiana Department of Education said in a statement that administration of the ISTEP+ exams' online portion resumed Wednesday morning, but that schools are being asked to decrease their daily test load to 50 percent of normal levels until further notice. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)
A teacher's manual for the test sits on a computer table where students take the ISTEP test at Emmons Elementary School in Mishawaka, Ind. Wednesday May 1, 2013. Issues with the computer based testing program have caused some problems with the ISTEP test. The Indiana Department of Education said in a statement that administration of the ISTEP+ exams' online portion resumed Wednesday morning, but that schools are being asked to decrease their daily test load to 50 percent of normal levels until further notice. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana teachers heading back to classrooms starting this week are facing the daunting task of preparing students for a standardized test that’s been retooled for the third time since 2009.

Some teachers and district administrators worry that the quickly revamped exam could negatively impact them and their students. Student performance on the high-stakes test helps determine whether teachers get a raise and how schools are graded on the state’s A-to-F rating system.

The new test will assess students’ mastery of Indiana’s newly adopted math and English benchmarks and is more interactive.

The Indianapolis Star reports the changes come after nearly two years of ideological and political battles over education policy between Democratic state schools chief Glenda Ritz and Republican Gov. Mike Pence’s Center for Education and Career Innovation.

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