INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
The State Board of Education has agreed to extend ISTEP+ testing after weeks
of frigid temperatures and heavy snowfalls that have forced repeated
closures of many Indiana schools.
WISH-TV reports the
board voted unanimously Thursday to approve extending the applied skills
portion of the exam from March 3 until March 21. That testing had been
scheduled for March 3 through March 12.
The board also
extended ISTEPís IRead-3 testing from March 17 until March 21, providing two
more days of testing for third-graders.
Public Instruction Glenda Ritz recommended the change after many Indiana
schools closed for multiple days this winter because of heavy snows and
ISTEP+ exams are
administered annually to third- through eighth-grade students and cover
English, math, science and social studies.