INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed legislation into law Monday to shorten the time required to take the ISTEP standardized test.
The testing window starts Wednesday and the Indiana House voted unanimously on Monday in favor of a bill that will cut the testing time from 12 hours to nine. The vote was 94-to-0.
The state Senate agreed to pass the bill 50 – 0. The bill went to the governor who signed the bill.
It approves changes called for by state school superintendent Glenda Ritz after the governor complained about the length of the test.
Pence issued a statement shortly after signing the SEA 62 bill into law.
“I would not agree that we need even nine hours of testing because I think that’s too much,” said Rep. Vernon Smith, D-Gary. “But this is a good step going in the right direction.”