Legislation that would replace the ISTEP exam with a new assessment got its first debate Tuesday at the Statehouse, but it’s unclear what the new exam will be.
Proposed legislation would end the state’s controversial ISTEP+ exam in 2018 and pave the way for a yet-to-be determined replacement.
The caucus’ top priorities include a long-term road funding plan, replacing the ISTEP test and addressing vaping liquid regulations.
The state uses a formula to decide how much money each school district receives to award bonuses to all teachers rated effective or highly effective.
Loogootee is a low-income school corporation, but the other nine school corporations are in some of the wealthiest communities in Indiana.
Indiana’s leading education lawmakers want to extend Pearson’s testing contract, to avoid rushing into a botched replacement for ISTEP+.
Testing expert Ed Roeber encouraged the panel to spend at least two years creating and implementing the new assessment system, not rush into it like in 2014.
State superintendent Glenda Ritz was one of two people on the 23-person ISTEP panel who voted against the final recommendation.
The 2016 ISTEP+ scores show the number of students passing the ISTEP+ decreased for the second year in a row.
The state’s ISTEP panel concluded its meetings Tuesday with a broad set of recommendations.