Behning’s I-LEARN legislation advances to the Senate

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Monday, February 20, 2017 5:11 pm

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 20, 2017) — Legislation authored by State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) that would replace ISTEP passed out of the House of Representatives Monday with a vote of 67-31.

In 2016, Behning authored a bill that created a 23-member panel of education experts tasked with developing recommendations for a new statewide assessment. Based on these recommendations, Behning’s proposal would create a new test called I-LEARN or Indiana’s Learning Evaluation Assessment Readiness Network. He said the new exam would eliminate the scoring delays, software glitches and discrepancies that came with the troubled ISTEP assessment.

“The purpose of this new assessment is to ease many of the frustrations and complaints that were present in ISTEP,” said Behning, chair of the House Committee on Education. “The passage of this bill out of the House puts us one step closer to implementing an assessment that more accurately determines students’ proficiency levels and progress toward Indiana college- and career-ready standards.”

Under this proposal, this statewide assessment would be given during a single testing window in May. Because the exam would be administered toward the end of the year, Behning said this new testing window will better measure student proficiency and growth toward Indiana standards. If enacted, I-LEARN would first be administered in 2019.

House Bill 1003 now moves to the Senate for consideration. Visit iga.in.gov to learn more about this legislation.

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State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) represents House District 91,

which includes portions of Hendricks and Marion counties.

A high-resolution photo of Behning can be downloaded by clicking here