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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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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 […]

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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SOTs: ISTEP bill passes out of committee

ISTEP matters – bill would phase out the test by 2017 Rep. Robert Behning, R-Indianapolis “I would say that the test implementation was flawed, I wouldn’t say that ISTEP in general is flawed, I think that there is no question across the state that everyone believes what happened this year was a disaster.” [:13] “As […]

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ISTEP re-scoring SOTs

SOTs: [:22] Danielle Shockey / Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction / Department of Education [:24] John O’neal / Indiana State Teachers Association Lobbyist [:10] Ashley Gibson / Stand for Children Lobbyist   SCRIPT: {ANCHOR} YOUR CHILD’S I-STEP SCORE MIGHT BE GETTING A SECOND LOOK. {VO} LAWMAKERS ARE CONSIDERING RE-SCORING SOME OF THE TESTS FROM THE […]

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Kenley backs off push for ‘off-the-shelf’ student test

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Key lawmakers said Thursday they plan to move forward with a new ISTEP test – at least for the next two years – and then study whether an off-the-shelf exam could be used in the future to save money. Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, said he would back off his […]

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Bill to require civics test for graduation gets an F – for fail

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –The Senate defeated a bill on Tuesday that would have required Indiana high school students to pass a 100-question civics test to graduate. The bill’s author, Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, said the test would have included the same questions that immigrants have to pass to gain citizenship and that high […]

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Governor signs fast-tracked bill to shorten ISTEP exam

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law Monday to reduce the time students will spend taking the ISTEP test that begins this week – just hours after the House and Senate approved the legislation unanimously. “Hoosier students, teachers and parents can breathe easier now that this year’s ISTEP […]

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