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January 19, 2016
ISTEP rescore plans reduced after lawmakers consider high costs, expert advice
House Education Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Behning said a vote is expected on the bill Thursday.
January 14, 2016
Bill doesn’t shield all schools equally from A-F grade consequences
Schools earning their sixth F in 2015 could face serious state penalties, including state takeover.
January 12, 2016
Pence: Indiana needs to take action to improve ISTEP
Pence endorsed efforts to relieve schools and teachers from accountability sanctions in his annual State of the State address.
January 12, 2016
Near unanimous support has bills to shield teachers, schools from ISTEP sanctions flying
Legislative leaders said this week they hope to have both bills to Pence to be signed into law by the end of the month.
January 7, 2016
Lawmakers say ISTEP rescore necessary to ensure accuracy in 2016
The dramatic drop in standardized test scores that hit nearly every school in Indiana has re-energized some state legislators to go after the exam.
January 6, 2016
Republican senator's call for a 2-year delay of ISTEP sanctions goes nowhere
A bipartisan plan for a one-year reprieve from ISTEP consequences sailed through two legislative committees today.
January 4, 2016
Pence signs on to Ritz's approach to 'pause' A-F grades, ISTEP sanctions
Democrats and Republicans are backing a bill is expected to be considered by the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.
January 4, 2016
5 bold predictions for the new year for ISTEP, teachers, Pence, Ritz and IPS
Ferebee is in demand, Ritz and Pence have political challenges and ISTEP could die in 2016.
December 7, 2015
Rewrite of federal education law could spur changes to testing, accountability in Colorado
The rewrite of federal education law moving through Congress has generated intense interest in education circles but will likely have little immediate impact in Colorado.
November 11, 2015
State senator: Legislature should pass a bill now to relieve ISTEP sanctions
Sen. Mark Stoops proposed a bill to relieve schools and teachers from possible test score drops — But he wants it passed before lawmakers convene for the 2016 session.
November 3, 2015
State board member calls for Indiana to keep a general diploma
Parents and educators have said new diplomas would create more challenges for students with special needs.
October 28, 2015
It looks like far fewer Indiana schools could earn an A after ISTEP changes
The board voted to approve ISTEP cut-off scores today, but school letter grades aren't expected until January.
October 27, 2015
In an about-face, Pence joins Ritz in calling for relief from testing sanctions
In a letter to the Indiana State Board of Education today, Pence said lower projected ISTEP scores shouldn't hurt teacher evaluations or pay.
September 16, 2015
Rejecting Ritz's logic, state board promises A-to-F grades will be issued
Indiana schools will have A-to-F grades for 2014-15, although they probably won't be publicly released until 2016.
September 14, 2015
State Board of Education will take on A-to-F delay this week
News last month about ISTEP scoring delays could have a domino effect on a host of other factors, including A-to-F grades.
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