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Students pay the price for ISTEP calculator mix-up

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Sarah Jansen isn’t a fan of math and the thought of having to retake part of the math ISTEP in early December for a reason that isn’t her fault frustrates her. “I worked hard to prepare for the test. How was I supposed to know I wasn’t allowed to […]

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ISTEP scores plateau in third year of harder test

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — For the third year, state data shows roughly half of students passing ISTEP. Statewide, 51.5 percent of students in grades 3-8 passed both the English and math portions of the test. In 2016, 51.6 percent passed both portions. The 2017 test was the third year with the more rigorous […]

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Replacing ISTEP with ILEARN waits for governor’s approval

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would replace ISTEP with an almost identical test advances to the governor’s desk. Indiana schools will administer its current test for one more year before switching to its replacement, ILEARN, which would be the similar to ISTEP — just shorter and branded with a new name. […]

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ISTEP replacement test passes House

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that proposes a replacement for the standardized test, ISTEP, passed the Indiana House with a vote of 67-31. House Bill 1003 would require students in grades 3 through 8 to complete the new statewide assessment called ILEARN, which for the next three years would be the same […]

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ISTEP replacement bill passes House committee

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill to replace the ISTEP exam with a new test called ILEARN passed out of the House Education Committee by a 10-2 margin. Author of House Bill 1003, Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, said he believes ISTEP has been a failure and that it is important to find an […]

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ILEARN could be one step closer to classrooms

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A new test could hit Indiana classrooms in 2018, replacing the current ISTEP test program. ILEARN, which stands for Indiana’s Learning Evaluation Assessment Readiness Network, would take ISTEP’s place, and is what Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, is calling an alternative approach. Through House Bill 1003, authored by Behning, students […]

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ISTEP replacement could come in 2018

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — ISTEP’s replacement could be called ILEARN. A bill, authored by Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, would replace the ISTEP test program beginning with the 2018-2019 school year with a new statewide assessment program. ILEARN stands for Indiana’s Learning Evaluation Assessment Readiness Network. “It doesn’t matter what we call the test. We […]

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ISTEP may stick around longer than hoped

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Road funding and education, including extending the life of ISTEP, are some of the priorities the Senate Republicans’ listed Tuesday. They expect ISTEP, which was originally slated to be replaced next school year, to stick around for a year or two. They’re concerned rushing a new version of the […]

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More failing schools with accountability formula change

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — After changing the method for calculating school accountability grades, Indiana has more failing schools and fewer schools with A’s. The Indiana Department of Education Tuesday released A-F accountability grades for 2016. Failing schools increased by 3.5 percentage points. Schools earning an A dropped by 31.8 percentage points. Members of […]

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Panel gives recommendations for ISTEP replacement

By Derreck Stahly TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A panel charged with recommending a replacement for the ISTEP cast a vision Tuesday for a shorter, more efficient standardized test for Hoosier schoolchildren. The recommendations are designed to address many of the concerns that the public has with the controversial standardized test. The panel has struggled with the […]

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