Behning’s legislation replacing ISTEP signed into law

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Friday, April 28, 2017 4:17 pm

STATEHOUSE (April 28, 2017) — Gov. Eric Holcomb signed into law Friday State Rep. Bob Behning’s (R-Indianapolis) legislation to replace ISTEP with Indiana’s Learning Evaluation Assessment Readiness Network (I-LEARN).

In 2016, a 23-member panel of education experts was tasked with developing recommendations for a new statewide assessment. Based on those recommendations, Behning’s legislation will create a new test called I-LEARN. He said the new exam system will eliminate the scoring delays, software glitches and discrepancies that came with the troubled ISTEP assessment.

“Replacing ISTEP with a new, more effective testing system is what Hoosier students and teachers deserve,” said Behning, chair of the House Committee on Education. “In recent years, ISTEP has been riddled with problems that include inaccuracies and scoring delays. It is time to drive Hoosier education forward with a test that will accurately evaluate students and the progress they are making.”

Under House Enrolled Act 1003, Indiana’s new statewide assessment will be given during a single testing window at the end of the year. Behning said this will better measure student proficiency and growth toward Indiana standards and their college-or career-readiness. I-LEARN will first be administered in 2019.

In addition, Behning said this legislation will provide new, multiple pathways for students to choose from in achieving graduation requirements.

House Enrolled Act 1003 will go into effect on July 1. 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