State panel backs shorter ISTEP exams without saying how

(WTHI File Photo)
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A state committee wants shorter tests to replace Indiana’s troubled ISTEP student exams without specifying how to reach that goal.

The educator-dominated panel voted Tuesday to send recommendations to state legislators for revamping the state’s standardized exams now taken by more than 400,000 students a year.

Those recommendations include moving the testing period from its current March and April times into May to help stem classroom disruptions. The panel also calls for quicker grading of the tests, which have been plagued by long delays in results and growing time for students to take the exams.

Outgoing state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz voted against the recommendations, calling them a status quo on testing.

State legislators say a deadline to replace ISTEP for the 2017-18 school year will likely be pushed back.

State Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn), chair of the Senate Committee on Education and Career Development, issued the following statement after the study alternatives to the ISTEP were released:

After months of information gathering, discussion and deliberation, I believe this panel has come up with meaningful recommendations that can guide the effort to replace the outdated ISTEP test. Many of the details will have to be worked out by the new State Superintendent, the Department of Education and the State Board of Education at the implementation level, but I believe we have laid a good foundation for the successful transition to a new, improved test that will better serve our students, teachers and schools.”


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