The state awarded a three-year, $43.4 million contract to a nonprofit assessment and research company Monday to design the replacement of the ISTEP exam.
The state outlines everything it wants and requires from the new test, and various vendors will submit a proposal to create the new assessment.
The bacterial disease is prevalent in cattle and can be passed to humans. Two cases were confirmed in Franklin County last year.
The Indiana Department of Education isn't certain yet how many students are affected at other schools.
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.
The caucus’ top priorities include a long-term road funding plan, replacing the ISTEP test and addressing vaping liquid regulations.
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.
Superintendent Glenda Ritz and the Department of Education released a proposal for the state’s new testing system.
With only two meetings left, some of the panel members are disappointed there won’t be time to have much influence over the new test.