Indiana education official asked for changes to independent ISTEP investigation report


By: Brian Slodysko/Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana education official was allowed to suggest edits and changes to a report summarizing an independent investigation into the state’s new, unpopular standardized student exam.

The Associated Press obtained a Microsoft Word file through a public record request showing that State Board of Education executive director John Snethen suggested altering language in the report.

Some passages he asked to change had reflected poorly on the decision by Gov. Mike Pence and his GOP allies to substitute the exam for one based on national Common Core standards.

A spokesman for the State Board of Education said any suggested edits made a difficult and technical report easier to understand. Snethen did not respond to a request for comment.

Indiana was the first state to withdraw from the Common Core standards.