School Leaders Demand Action; Appeal To Public For ISTEP Replacement

istepEvansville (NNDC) – School superintendents across Indiana are demanding action from a state panel they say is moving too slow in putting in place a replacement for the controversial ISTEP+ student test.

School leaders meeting in Evansville Wednesday say further delays in an ISTEP+ replacement will put all students’ academic progress at risk.

A group of southern Indiana superintendents, including all four from Dubois County say if the Indiana Assessment Committee, which is headed by an appointee of Governor Mike Pence fails to act soon, then students will “continue to be pawns of a legislative agenda that does not value the best practices of instruction and assessment.”

The letter, which was released to state media outlets including NewsNow Dubois County Wednesday afternoon, also says. “Failure to act and maintaining status quo of this system is not an option.”

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The superintendents’ letter comes after members of the Indiana Assessment Committee have gone on the record to say any changes or replacement of the ISTEP+ test will likely happen until after the 2017-18 school year.

The state legislature had originally wanted a replacement for the test this summer.

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