New Standardized Test Not Likely to Come Soon

By Andrew Pillow

A committee of lawmakers gathered to revise the ISTEP, but don’t expect major changes any time soon. The committee is facing a lot of decisions. The main decision is rather to move towards an interim assessment model, or stick with the traditional end of the year summative assessment.

The lawmakers, in the interest of time appears to be moving towards keeping the current testing contract with Pearson for another year with minor tweaks.

The description of the situation via WFYI says:

Testing company Pearson is under contract with Indiana to give the current ISTEP in 2017. The new assessment, as approved by the committee, is go into effect in spring 2018.

But the looming deadline is already causing state Rep. Bob Behning to suggest tweaking the law that repealed ISTEP to allow its use for one or two more years.

“There’s probably a pretty good chance that we will extend the contract with Pearson for another year or two, until we get what we want, to do it right,” he said after leaving the committee meeting.

Read more about the potential shift here

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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.