Bill sparing schools from A-F grade drop sent to Indiana House floor

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A bill sparing Indiana schools from a drop in A-F grades resulting from this year’s sharp decline in student ISTEP scores goes to the full House for consideration after the chamber’s education committee approved it.

The measure passed without opposition Thursday and was previously passed by the full Senate. The bill is widely supported by lawmakers as well as Republican Gov. Mike Pence.

Democratic Rep. Sue Errington of Muncie voted for the bill but says she’s concerned that applying the “hold harmless” measure for just one year might not be enough time for schools to adjust to the new tougher ISTEP standards.

The standards were put in place after Republican majorities in the Legislature pulled Indiana from national Common Core standards in 2014.

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