INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
An Indiana lawmaker has proposed having teachers grade the state’s new
standardized test, as major decisions loom for the replacement of the
current ISTEP exams.
Robert Behning told the Indianapolis Star that his plan would make
participation optional and enable the state to compensate teachers who
The ISTEP exam is
currently graded by the state’s testing vendor, Pearson Education, which
hires evaluators who have four-year degrees but may not come from a teaching
background. The state has paid the vendor $32 million to administer the test
for two years.
After concerns were
raised about the legitimacy of past results, involving teachers in scoring
would build trust in the test, Behning said. He said he would like
participating teachers to grade the tests outside of school hours and be
paid per question. The cost of having teachers grade the exam is not yet
Marianne Perie, a
testing expert with the Center for Assessment and Accountability Research
and Design, said the proposal would improve the way content is taught. But
she said the state could experience slower scoring and less consistency
have said they want a quicker turnaround in results than the current
discuss a new standardized test during the upcoming legislative session,
which begins in January. The Republican-dominated Legislature voted this
year to mandate that ISTEP be replaced for the 2017-18 school year, but
lawmakers have said the deadline will likely be pushed back because the new
exams won’t be ready in time.
ISTEP exams are
taken by more than 400,000 students a year.