House advances legislation eliminating ISTEP
INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 2, 2016) —The Indiana House of Representatives today passed legislation by a vote of 86-11 that will address the future of ISTEP testing.
House Bill (HB) 1395, authored by State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis), would repeal ISTEP and create a commission to evaluate Indiana’s system for measuring K-12 performance. This commission would also be tasked with establishing the next generation of assessments for Hoosier students.
“This is the most opportune time to look at ISTEP and see where we can go from here,” said Behning, chairman of the House Education Committee. “My focus will always be putting students first. By finding a new way to measure student progress, we can focus on transparency which will allow all educators, parents and students to have a better understanding of what they’re being tested on.”
Additionally, if the State Board of Education deems it necessary, they could require the Department of Education to enter into an agreement with a third-party vendor to rescore the spring 2015 ISTEP scores. The resulting data would not change any student’s ISTEP score but rather serve as an accurate baseline with which to compare future assessment scores.
This legislation will now go to the Senate for consideration. To read more about HB 1395, visit www.iga.in.gov.
State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) represents portions of Marion and Hendricks counties.