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2016 ISTEP scores lower than 2015

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — After legislators voted to prevent the low 2015 ISTEP scores from negatively affecting educators, the overall 2016 scores for grades three through eight are lower than before. The 2016 test was the second year with the more rigorous standards. The 2015 scores serve as a baseline, according to the […]

Candidates for school chief debate covers pre-K, testing and political divide

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Candidates for school chief debate covers pre-K, testing and political divide

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com FORT WAYNE, Ind. — During Monday’s debate between state superintendent of public instruction candidates, Republican nominee Jennifer McCormick revealed new specifics for her pre-K program that echo the plan of her opponent, Democrat Glenda Ritz. McCormick, the current superintendent of Yorktown Community Schools, has regularly said she wants to begin by […]

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Calm debate highlights similarities in governor’s race

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — The first debate between the three candidates for governor ended up showing off the similarities between Democrat John Gregg, Republican Eric Holcomb and Libertarian Rex Bell rather than the differences. As they spoke before an audience of students, teachers and administrators at Lawrence North High School Tuesday, the candidates were […]

Commentary: Bring common-sense testing change to Indiana

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Commentary: Bring common-sense testing change to Indiana

By Glenda Ritz TheStatehouseFile.com I ran for public office because I was concerned about the amount time Hoosier students were spending on high stakes, pass-fails tests.  I pledged to get rid of tests like ISTEP so that children across our state would have more time for learning and teachers would have more time for teaching. […]

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In the search for ISTEP’s replacement, panel debates testing styles

By Alaa Abdeldaiem TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The panel tasked with finding a replacement for ISTEP met for the second time on Tuesday, and despite heated debate, one consensus was clear: the panel needs a vision. “What do we want to achieve with this?” IPS principal and committee chair Nicole Fama said. “What are we measuring? […]

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Panel begins search for ISTEP alternatives

By Alaa Abdeldaiem TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The road to finding an alternative to the state’s controversial ISTEP test has officially begun. The 23-person panel tasked with finding an alternative to the standardized exam met for the first time Tuesday. The group was asked to propose new testing approaches that will reduce testing time, reduce the […]

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Panel to replace ISTEP complete

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The search for ISTEP’s replacement can now begin. Gov. Mike Pence and House Speaker Brian Bosma announced their appointments Friday, completing the panel tasked with replacing the standardized test. A state law that passed this year ends ISTEP after the 2017 school year. The legislature has tasked a review panel […]

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The search for ISTEP’s replacement

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Now that lawmakers have ditched ISTEP, education leaders are searching for an alternative. “This is the beginning of a new day in testing in our schools,” Gov. Mike Pence said when he signed the bill eliminating ISTEP into law on March 22. The end of exam came after 2015 […]

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ISTEP heads to the history books, panel to select new test

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  ZIONSVILLE, Ind. — Leaders at the Statehouse hope eliminating ISTEP will be the start to a stronger education system in Indiana. At Eagle Elementary School in Zionsville Tuesday, Gov. Mike Pence signed legislation into law making ISTEP a thing of the past. “This is the beginning of a new day in […]

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Ritz to bring back unsolved educational issues next year

By Gary Qi TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz sees this legislative session as a missed opportunity. Three months ago, Ritz unveiled her agenda focusing on preventing schools from being negatively impacted by the 2015 ISTEP, pushing for changes to standardized testing and working to stop the teacher shortage in Indiana. […]