INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A teachers union wants proof from Indiana officials that
problems with the online portion of the ISTEP+ exam wonít hurt teachers
economically because their pay is linked to studentsí success.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz ordered testing stopped
Tuesday after some schools reported a second straight day of issues
accessing the examís online portion.
The Indiana State Teachers Association wants the ISTEP+ issues fixed
immediately. It says that under recent changes in state law, ISTEP no longer
just tests student proficiency but now also drives school grades, individual
teacher evaluations and teachersí compensation.
Former schools Superintendent Tony Bennett pushed for the changes in state
law linking teacher pay to student performance. Ritz was a member of the
teachers union when she defeated his re-election bid last November.