Pence Order Calls For Shorter ISTEP

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Governor Mike Pence has issued an executive order to shorten the expected length of time for the March ISTEP tests. It calls for a "nationally recognized assessment expert" to look at the test and provide recommendations on reducing the time to the State Board of Education. The governor's office says the added time is the result of combining ISTEP with a Department of Education-recommended pilot test. February 9, 2015

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Today, Governor Mike Pence signed Executive Order 15-04 to shorten the length of the 2015 ISTEP test, which will be administered in March.

"Doubling the length of the 2015 ISTEP test is unacceptable and requires an immediate solution," said Governor Pence. "As soon as I learned of this issue, I vowed to support efforts to shorten the test while preserving the accountability that Hoosier students and families deserve."

The Executive Order, crafted in full consultation with legislative leaders, calls for a nationally recognized assessment expert to review the ISTEP test. It also directs the consultant to present the recommendations before the State Board of Education.

Without the action of Executive Order 15-04, Indiana schools are expected to experience a significant increase in testing time this March, largely because a pilot test, as recommended, was not administered by the Indiana Department of Education in either May or September of 2014. When asked in September if combining the required pilot test with the ISTEP test would add time and questions, the Department stated it would "add a few questions."

Below is a table depicting the length of time expected for the 2015 ISTEP test:

Grade - 2014 Online/Paper Operational Total Time; 2015 Online/Paper Operational Total Time; Change in Total Time from 2014 to 2015

3 - 5 hours, 9 minutes; 12 hours, 30 minutes; 7 hours, 21 minutes

4 - 5 hours, 9 minutes; 11 hours, 55 minutes; 6 hours, 46 minutes

5 - 5 hours, 9 minutes; 11 hours, 32 minutes; 6 hours, 23 minutes

6 - 5 hours, 9 minutes; 11 hours, 40 minutes; 6 hours, 31 minutes

7 - 5 hours, 9 minutes; 11 hours, 47 minutes; 6 hours, 38 minutes

8 - 5 hours, 9 minutes' 11 hours, 15 minutes; 6 hours, 6 minutes

The Governor also reiterated his support for school accountability today.

"We grade students every day in Indiana. We should be willing to grade schools once every year," said the Governor. "Our administration is committed to maintaining accountability within our schools and ensuring the best possible education for each and every Hoosier child."

Source: The Office of Governor Mike Pence

February 9, 2015

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Indiana's Chair of the State Board of Education, Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, has requested a special meeting of the State Board of Education. The topic of the meeting will be the 2015 spring assessments. According to Board procedures, the meeting shall occur within the next seven days. More information regarding the meeting will be sent after a specific time for the meeting has been set.

Source: The Indiana Department of Public Instruction