State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick asked a Senate education committee Wednesday to extend the timeline for creating a test to replace ISTEP+.
DeVos, who wants less federal oversight in education, says IPS gives parents and school leaders more control and choice over their classrooms.
Half of the districts that applied ultimately were selected for the program this year. That means requests from 32 districts were turned down.
In a 41-9 vote, state senators pushed ahead a two-year, $32 million proposal that would begin a modest expansion of state-funded preschool in July 2017.
Under the plan, K-12 education funding would be increased by 1.1 percent in the first year, and 1.7 percent in the second year, or a total of $273 million.
Bill opponents question whether it's needed because freedom of religion is already acknowledged in schools.
Indiana advocates gathered Thursday to denounce President Donald Trump's recent announcement about transgender bathroom access in public schools.
Gov. Eric Holcomb requested $10 million in additional funding for preschool. A Senate committee voted to reduce that to $3 million.
The Trump administration is leaving the issue up to states to decide. Indiana school officials are divided on the issue.
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