Indiana super proposes ISTEP replacement; state panel snubs presentation

Published: Oct. 11, 2016 at 11:07 PM EDT
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (WAVE) - The superintendent of Indiana schools has a new plan for testing to replace ISTEP, but the state committee overseeing the change has yet to review it.

Glenda Ritz released details of the Indiana OnTrack Assessment System on Tuesday. The proposal is student-centered and will save about eight hours of testing time, according to Ritz. OnTrack is also expected to save taxpayers $12 million each year if the state decides to use it.

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"The Indiana OnTrack Assessment System reduces testing redundancies and utilizing new testing approaches," Ritz said. "This approach not only keeps our total testing time under 1% of total instructional time, but it reduces the amount of testing time even further by an estimated 8 hours.  Even more importantly, by utilizing an adaptive assessment, we can individualize our state test and provide teachers and parents with meaningful feedback about a student's own performance and growth during a year."

Ritz shared the OnTrack proposal with members of the Panel to Study Alternatives to the ISTEP Program Test, but she was denied the opportunity to formally present the plan to panel.

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