Mike Pence has 'confidence' in ISTEP report despite editing by state education official


By: Brian Slodysko/Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says he has “confidence in the integrity” of a State Board of Education administrator despite findings by The Associated Press revealing the administrator altered a report detailing an independent investigation into the unpopular ISTEP exam.

Pence said Wednesday that he hadn’t viewed the final version of the report or the edits that were made. But he added that the document will be used to show why the state should rethink how student performance is measured.

The AP obtained documents showing State Board of Education Executive Director John Snethen made edits and requested changes to the report.

Some passages he asked to change had reflected poorly on the decision by Pence and his GOP allies to adopt last year’s exam after dropping national Common Core standards.