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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