Glenda Ritz Releases Proposal for “Student Centered Assessment System”

By Andrew Pillow

Glenda Ritz, Indiana's Superintendent of Public Instruction, had previously mentioned her idea about a “student centered assessment”. Today the details of the new proposal were released.

Highlights include:

  • The proposal is called the “Indiana OnTrack Assessment System”
  • The new assessment system would cut testing time by an estimated 8.1 hours
  • It’s estimated the proposal would save over $12 million of tax payer money annually.

This is part of an ongoing effort to replace the ISTEP according to Glenda Ritz:

“As Superintendent of Public Instruction, I have a responsibility to students, families and educators to develop and implement a new student-centered assessment system.  I ran for this office because I was concerned with the amount of time students were spending on high-stakes, pass/fail tests like ISTEP.  Since taking office, I have worked with Democrats and Republicans to get rid of ISTEP.” Ritz said.

The ISTEP replacement panel has been criticized for being slow in coming up with a viable alternative to Indiana’s current standardized test. They have met several times without coming up with a solution. It appears that today will continue that trend, as according to the Indiana Department of Education website, the proposal was not given a formal presentation:

“This proposal was shared with members of the Panel to Study Alternatives to the ISTEP Program Test prior to today’s meeting along with the results of the Request for Information from assessment vendors regarding the viability of utilizing a new approach to assessment.  For the second time, the Superintendent’s request to formally present information to the panel was denied resulting in a sixth meeting of the panel with no substantial decisions made.”

Read more here.

See the detailed proposal here.


Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.