-- An Indiana Senate education committee has advanced a bill setting
parameters for a new state test that will replace the ISTEP exam.
approved Wednesday on a 7 to 4 vote now goes to the full Senate.
The bill by Rep.
Bob Behning mandates that a new test, to be called ILEARN, be in place by
But critics note
the state has not yet picked a test. And they worry that the tight timeline
and uncertainty could lead to the same circumstances that prompted lawmakers
to ditch the ISTEP.
The ISTEP became
politically charged issue after Republicans undertook a number of education
overhauls in recent years.
performed poorly on one recent version of the test that was not only more
difficult, but also plagued by administrative glitches.