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Testing Consultant To Lawmakers: Take At Least Two Years To Redraw ISTEP

Claire McInerny

The panel creating the framework for a new state assessment is now considering a different timeline for the new test.

The 2015 General Assembly created the panel of educators, legislators and business leaders to create a list of recommendations for how to overhaul the state’s assessment taken in third through eighth grade, as well as one year in high school.

The law says the panel must have its recommendations in by December, but that may be revised.

Testing expert Ed Roeber consulted with Indiana when legislators left Common Core and made a new state assessment.

He didn’t have time to field-test that new version, which they are revising after just one testing cycle. But he told the panel Tuesday to take at least two years to go through this process.

“I’m concerned that you don’t repeat the mistakes of the past, and rush into something new,” Roeber says.

Representative Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis), who wrote the legislation creating the panel, says he is open to asking the General Assembly to push back the timeline.