State ISTEP panel still looking for test alternative

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind - The state's ISTEP panel will meet again Tuesday morning, as it tries to come up with an alternative to the test before the December 1 deadline.

In March, Governor Mike 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 like technical issues and scoring discrepancies.

The 23 person panel is made up of current and former teachers, principals, superintendents and community leaders. State Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz is also a member.

IPS principal Nicole Fama was appointed to chair the committee.

Fama says the members plan to vote on what the new assessment will look like at Tuesday's meeting.

During last month's meeting, Fama made a recommendation to remove test scores from teacher evaluations, saying in her mind, good administrators evaluate teachers based on daily work performance and student growth, and not just one test.

They also talked about federal rules and regulations, agreed on a vision statement and listened to two experts speak.

Tuesday's meeting starts at 9 a.m. inside the House Chamber.

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