Local educators, legislators give thumbs up to ISTEP changes - Berne Tri-Weekly News

Local educators, legislators give thumbs up to ISTEP changes

Indiana state representative Matt Lehman pronounced ISTEP testing dead in the water in an interview last week and said that house legislation recommending a committee to rethink a more effective form of testing for Hoosier schools has been passed on to the Senate. “It (ISTEP) was a mess,” said Lehman. “ISTEP is dead. It’s time to develop something much more acceptable and practical for Hoosier schools.” House Bill 1003 would prevent ISTEP or A-F grades from negatively affecting teacher pay for one year. State Senator Travis Holdman said that Senate Bill 200 would provide that a school or school corporation’s A-F performance rating for the 2014-2015 school year cannot be lower than the assigned grade for the 2013-2014 school year. “These bills are the result of collaboration among legislators, the governor, the Department of Education and State Board of Education,” said Holdman. “These bills provide fairness for students, teachers and schools that had to deal... Read More >