Pence hires consultant to shorten ISTEP+ test

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INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 10, 2015) – Gov. Mike Pence has hired a consultant to help shorten the ISTEP+ test.

The governor said during a Monday news conference that he planned to do so after signing an executive order. Pence said he was “stunned” to learn that this year’s test would take twice as long as previous versions.

Pence announced Tuesday the hiring of Edward Roeber, describing him as a “nationally-recognized consultant who has the depth of knowledge and experience necessary to conduct a thorough and efficient review of Indiana’s 2015 ISTEP test.”

PDF | Edward Roeber Contract

The governor said that Roeber’s contract would cost a maximum of $22,000 and includes two phases of work. The first is for initial analysis and recommendations for spring 2015. It’s expected to be completed before Feb. 20. The second phase will run from February through December and will see Roeber continue consultation for spring 2016 and piloting should phase one recommendations affect next year’s test.

Roeber is an independent consultant for various organizations, including the Michigan Assessment Consortium, to which he serves as assessment director, and Assessment Solutions Group, where he serves as managing partner. The governor’s office said Roeber has consulted with a number of states as well as national entities on the design and implementation of large-scale assessment programs. He also performs “peer review for the U.S. Department of Education and has served as Director of Student Assessment Programs for the Chief Counsel of State School Officers,” Pence said.

The governor sent a letter to Superintendent Glenda Ritz informing her of Roeber’s selection as consultant. In the letter, Pence wrote that “doubling the length of the 2015 ISTEP+ test is unacceptable and requires an immediate solution.”

PDF | Governor Pence Letter to Superintedent Ritz

“I look forward to your cooperation as we work expeditiously to find a solution that serves Hoosier students, families and educators,” Pence wrote in the letter.

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