A proposal to let voucher-accepting private schools opt out of the state's ISTEP+ test fizzled in committee Wednesday.
Voucher proponents say Indiana's maximum award amount is too low to continue attracting new students at the current pace.
D or F rated private schools had, on average, twice as many voucher-recipient students as the A schools.
Indiana awarded 19,809 private school tuition vouchers for the 2013-14 school year, up from 9,139 last year and 3,911 two years ago.
Roughly 40,000 low-income 4-year-olds would qualify for preschool vouchers each year under the measure Gov. Mike Pence is proposing.
The law increases the maximum amount of a voucher, and guarantees eligibility to siblings of voucher students.
But the expansion isn’t nearly as broad as many, including Pence, wanted.
Legislators plan to vote in early evening on a new state budget which calls for a five-percent income tax cut, phased in over the next four years.
Both budget proposals increase school funding by three-percent over the next two years, and accelerate the planned phaseout of the inheritance tax.
With less than three weeks left in the legislative session, some of the most significant bills were advanced by the House or Senate this week.