Panel begins studying ISTEP alternatives Tuesday  


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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- The group asked to come up with an alternative to ISTEP will come together for the first time on Tuesday, May 24.

The 23 person panel will convene at 9 am at the Indiana Statehouse inside the House Chamber.

In March Governor Pence signed into law a bill eliminating ISTEP after 2017 and creating a panel to look into other testing models the state could adopt going forward.

For years the test was plagued with problems such as technical issues and scoring discrepancies.

IPS principal Nicole Fama was appointed to chair the committee.

Notable members include State Superintendent Glenda Ritz, Rep. Robert Behning, and Sen. Dennis Kruse.

Current and former teachers, principals, superintendents, and community leaders make up the rest of the panel.

During the initial meeting the panel will review its responsibilities and examine the current ISTEP testing model.

Finally, the members will discuss their next steps.

The group has until December 1 to make its recommendations.

Click here to look at the agenda for the  meeting.

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