Sarah O'Brien

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Public hearings are expected to start next month on the future of four long-troubled schools under state intervention.

All are in the fifth year of turnaround efforts by the State Board of Education and have been run by a charter school company picked by the board since 2012.

The board now must decide if the schools are returned to their home school corporation, changed into a charter school or some other combination of those options.

SBOE Members Travel State To Explain ISTEP Holdup

Oct 20, 2015

 Members of the State Board of Education made stops throughout the state Monday to further explain why they have not approved pass-fail scores for this year’s ISTEP test.

The board has hired testing experts to review the differences in the level of difficulty between the online and paper/pencil versions of the test. The board wants to ensure the pass-fail scores are equal for both versions of the exam.

Sarah O’Brien, the board vice-chair, said there is public frustration and distrust over the state’s K-to-12 testing system.

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The latest salvo in the years-long fight between Governor Mike Pence and education superintendent Glenda Ritz was fired by the Ritz camp this week, when superintendent’s spokesman Dan Altman accused the State Board of Education of being in the governor’s pocket when it chose to delay the release of this year’s ISTEP scores.

The scores were set to be released Wednesday, but have now been delayed until at least October 28, as the state tries to figure out how to deal with scores that are significantly lower than in years past.

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The State Board of Education has put off setting the so-called “cut scores” for passing ISTEP after last-minute concerns about the test's validity.

Students who do ISTEP on paper receive a slightly different test from those who do it on computer.

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The State Board of Education met Wednesday for the first time since half the board’s members were replaced and spent the day focused on testing.

When it comes to student assessments, there are a few to choose from. There’s of course the end of year test, the ISTEP, which assesses what a student retained over the entire school year. There’s also formative testing: shorter tests periodically administered throughout the year so a teacher can gauge how their students are grasping specific concepts.