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Policymakers say they want to hold schools harmless for major drops in student achievement on the state’s new ILEARN test, after mounting pressure from school leaders and parents.

Kruse Proposes New Civics Test Graduation Requirement

Jan 8, 2019

A key lawmaker in the state Senate is proposing a new high school graduation requirement for Hoosiers.

Former Senate Education and Career Development Committee Chair Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn) is backing a bill to require high schoolers pass a civics exam before they can graduate.

State Working To Improve Test Security

Aug 1, 2018

The state is making changes to better secure student testing and avoid more invalid scores or student retakes.

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A group of superintendents from around the state has written a letter this week criticizing the way the process of re-writing the state assessment has been handles.

The Indiana Urban Schools Association issued the letter, which is aimed at legislatures and the state’s ISTEP panel. The panel, created during the 2016 General Assembly, charged a group of educators, parents and state policy makers to create a recommendation for how to replace the ISTEP.

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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.

Meet The People Who Decide The Future Of School Testing

Apr 29, 2016

The panel that will decide the future of Indiana standardized testing is now complete, officials announced Friday.


Gov. Mike Pence and House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) separately announced appointments to the panel that will recommend a replacement for Indiana’s current standardized test, the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus or ISTEP+. 

The announcements follow appointments earlier this week from other state officials. 


Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law Tuesday that eliminates the current statewide student assessment and lays plans for a new one. The law creates a new committee that can alter test format and stakes.

The committee determining the ISTEP replacement will be made mostly of educators, lawmakers and agency heads.

While it can reformat the test, the statewide standards remain the same, so big changes in test questions are unlikely.


The Fort Wayne Community School board has voted to not help the Indiana Department of Education pilot questions for next year’s ISTEP. Participation would have meant additional, unrequired testing for students.

A Department of Education spokesperson says piloting the test ensures specific questions accurately assess a student’s knowledge.

The Department of Education asked Fort Wayne Schools to have some of its students take these questions like they would the real ISTEP, except the scores wouldn’t count.

ISTEP Repeal Bill Would Replace Test By 2018

Feb 4, 2016

A move to replace ISTEP with a shorter test is on legislators' radar for a second straight year -- but the House and Senate have traded places.

Both chambers have passed bills calling for a study of what should replace ISTEP.

But the House bill abolishes ISTEP when the current contract runs out next year, with a new test making its debut in 2018.

Last year, it was the Senate which voted to eliminate ISTEP -- the House wanted to review the issue.

House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says both chambers agree ISTEP is what he calls “a broken brand.”

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Results from the ISTEP+ test administered during the 2014-15 school year have finally been released – but the picture they paint is not pretty for Indiana schools, and policymakers talking about moving to an entirely different test altogether.

Many expected scores to be low, since 2015 marked the first year Indiana tested the new set of academic standards adopted after Indiana left the Common Core -- and that was indeed the case.