Department of Education notifies schools of testing changes

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana schools are receiving official word about the steps being taken to shorten the state’s standardized tests.

The Department of Education notified schools Thursday of changes that will shave more than three hours from testing time for students in grades 3-8. The department also will cut nearly two additional hours from testing for students in grades 5 and 7 by eliminating the social studies exam.

The changes stem from an uproar over a revamped ISTEP+ exam that caused testing times to soar to about 12 hours. The test was revised after Indiana abandoned the Common Core educational standards and crafted its own.

Gov. Mike Pence ordered the ISTEP+ test shortened and hired two consultants to work with the Department of Education and lawmakers to make it happen. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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