INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Senate education chief says a replacement
for the much-maligned ISTEP exam, promised for next school year, will likely
be delayed by a year or two.
Instead, the Legislature is expected to extend the life of the current test
so that a new version can be written and thoroughly vetted before being
Republican Sen. Dennis Kruse of Auburn says the state needs to "do it right
this time." He says a new exam requires time for preparation and testing.
Lawmakers had voted last year to mandate a new exam for the 2017-18 school
Critics say the test is too time-consuming for students and disruptive for
teachers. Lawmakers Tuesday called the current version flawed.
Proposed changes include a shorter exam, later testing date and quicker
turnaround on results.