Behning’s legislation replacing ISTEP advances to the governor

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Friday, April 21, 2017 11:52 pm

STATEHOUSE (April 21, 2017) — Legislation authored by State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) that would replace ISTEP and create a new statewide assessment system could soon become law.

In 2016, Behning authored legislation that created a 23-member panel of education experts tasked with developing recommendations for a new statewide assessment. Based on those 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 system would eliminate the scoring delays, software glitches and discrepancies that came with the troubled ISTEP assessment.

“With the problems and headaches that ISTEP has caused over the last few years, it is clear that it is time for us to take a new direction with the way we assess student learning,” said Behning, chair of the House Committee on Education. “This has been a long process, and I am grateful that we were able to come to an agreement on how we can drive Hoosier education, provide accurate and informative testing results and, ultimately, do what is best for students.”

Under House Enrolled Act 1003, Indiana’s new statewide assessment would be given during a single testing window. 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.

“We had a unique opportunity to take a hard look at how we measure a student’s growth,” Behning said. “Indiana has always prepared our students to be college or career ready. No student is alike, and it’s important that we allow students to choose the track that is best for them through multiple pathways to graduate high school. So often, students are told that college is the only way, but there are many options for students to pursue that lead to successful post-high school careers.” 

House Enrolled Act 1003 can now be considered by the governor. 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