Pence Picks Consultant to Shorten ISTEP Time

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Governor Mike Pence has selected a Michigan-based consultant to help shorten the expected duration of the ISTEP tests. Monday, Pence issued an executive order to reduce the time, which was expected to be double that of last year. Edward Roeber will review and make recommendations to the Governor's Office, State Board of Education and Indiana Department of Education. February 10, 2015

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Governor Mike Pence has named Edward Roeber as the consultant who will review and make recommendations to the Office of the Governor, the Indiana Department of Education, and the Indiana State Board of Education in order to shorten the 2015 ISTEP test. The announcement comes the morning after the Governor signed Executive Order 15-04 to shorten the test, which would otherwise double in length this year for Indiana students. CTB McGraw Hill, the vendor for the 2015 ISTEP test, has also expressed its support to discuss options and engage with the consultant pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order to shorten this year’s test.

"Hoosier families can be assured that we will shorten this test," said Governor Pence. "With more than four decades devoted to educational assessment, Edward Roeber is a nationally-recognized consultant who has the depth of knowledge and experience necessary to conduct a thorough and efficient review of Indiana’s 2015 ISTEP test. I appreciate his willingness to bring his expertise to the table and craft a solution to this issue in a way that will be less burdensome to Hoosier students and families while still maintaining accountability for schools."

Roeber, of Michigan, is an independent consultant to various organizations including the Michigan Assessment Consortium, to which he serves as Assessment Director, and Assessment Solutions Group, where he serves as Managing Partner. In his more than forty-year career, he has served as an adjunct professor in measurements and quantitative methods at the Michigan State University College of Education, Senior Executive Director for the Office of Educational Assessment and Accountability at the Michigan Department of Education, and Director of Student Assessment Programs at the Council of Chief State School Officers. In addition, Roeber has consulted with a number of states as well as national entities on the design, development and implementation of large-scale assessment programs.

Roeber earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology, his master’s degree in educational psychology, and his doctorate in measurement and evaluation from The University of Michigan.

The maximum cost for Roeber’s contract, which was effective yesterday, with the state is $22,000. The contract identifies two phases of work, each valued at $11,000. The first, to be completed prior to February 20, is for initial analysis and recommendations for spring 2015, and the second, from February to December of this year, is to continue consultation for spring 2016 assessment and piloting should phase one recommendations impact next year’s test.

Source: The Office of Governor Mike Pence