Democratic Party calls for firing of Indiana education official who altered ISTEP report

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By: Brian Slodysko/Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s Democratic Party chairman is calling for the firing of a State Board of Education official who altered a report that detailed a so-called independent investigation into the troubled and unpopular standardized ISTEP exam.

Chairman John Zody said Thursday that the actions taken by State Board of Education Executive Director John Snethen “manipulated” a report that officials had billed as an “independent” review of the test.

The Associated Press obtained documents through a public record request showing Snethen made edits and requested changes to the report. Some passages he asked to change had reflected poorly on the decision by Republican Gov. Mike Pence and his GOP allies to adopt last year’s exam after dropping national Common Core standards.

A spokesman for Pence didn’t respond immediately to a request for comment.