Indiana teachers face new standards, revised test

FILE - In a in this June 10, 2013 file photo, Glenda Ritz, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, talks about interruptions experienced by students taking ISTEP tests.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
FILE - In a in this June 10, 2013 file photo, Glenda Ritz, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, talks about interruptions experienced by students taking ISTEP tests. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana teachers are scrambling to bring themselves and their students up to speed on the state’s new education standards only months before students take a revamped, high-stakes exam assessing their grasp of that new curriculum.

Indiana pulled out of the national Common Core standards in March, a month before the State Board of Education adopted new state academic standards.

Federal officials then informed the state in June that Indiana’s ISTEP+ test would have to be revised before it’s administered next spring to some 450,000 students in grades 3 through 8.

ISTEP+ scores are used in calculating teacher pay, school funding and school grades.

Indiana’s largest teachers union is seeking a one-year pause in that accountability system because students’ scores are expected to be lower than normal on the revised test.

 

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