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Commentary: Embracing a system that cannot work

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Commentary: Embracing a system that cannot work

By John Guy TheStatehouseFile.com Standardized test scores (ISTEP) are not useful in measuring teacher performance, according to Indiana’s school superintendent in recent testimony.    A surprise is that this statement came from a Republican whose party has advocated standardized testing for decades. Her principle is self-evident:  using test scores to measure teachers, and, by extension, […]

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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 […]

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Pence: Teachers and schools should be treated fairly during assessment “transition year”

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence is working with Republican lawmakers to craft legislation meant to protect teacher bonuses despite decreased standardized testing scores. Pence said in a letter to Superintendent Glenda Ritz and the State Board of Education that the lower scores were expected and are typical when a state transitions to […]