Lawmakers prepare to drop troubled ISTEP exam

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By: Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Lawmakers, educators and teachers’ unions agree that the credibility of Indiana’s standardized ISTEP student was damaged in 2015 when students performed poorly on a revamped version of the test that was plagued by glitches.

Lawmakers are looking to replace the exam by 2017, and a measure advancing in the Legislature would create a committee tasked with studying what should come next.

Republican Gov. Mike Pence and fellow GOP lawmakers say now is the time to rethink how the state goes about testing students.

Democratic state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz and her teachers’ union allies say they are glad the GOP has come around to their way of thinking, but expressed worry about what Republicans may propose next.