Indiana will make changes to ISTEP test

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indiana says it will comply with its new deadline to write a new ISTEP test. The new test will be administered next spring.

The state thought it would have a year to comply with new federal standards. The state now only has 7 months to write a new test. Originally the state wanted to pilot the new test next year, and then fully implement it in the 2015-2016 school year. If it does not comply Indiana stands to lose $150 million dollars in education funds.

“There is concern about having 7 months to not only make sure we are implementing new standards but also preparing students for exams. With that comes questions about what it is the State of Indiana will focus on in terms of accountability for both teachers and schools as we roll out this new assessment,” said Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz.

The teachers union says the stakes are high, and that there’s a lot to lose.

“The stakes are so high today its not just a test we can take and review and figure out how to get better next time. That’s not what it is. That’s what it should be, but there’s so much that weighs into it these days.”

Indiana was issued a waiver after it dropped the new Common Core standards. The federal government says the state must now write a new test that reflects its new curriculum standards.

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