DeVonís bill holding teachers, schools harmless from ILEARN scores passes committee

DeVonís bill holding teachers, schools harmless from ILEARN scores passes committee

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Tuesday, January 7, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 7, 2020) – State Rep. Dale DeVon's (R-Granger) bill that would provide flexibility to schools when considering ILEARN scores to determine a teacher’s effectiveness in evaluations passed out of the House Education Committee Tuesday.

ILEARN is the state’s new standardized testing program taken by students on the computer, rather than the pencil and scantron format. The test was first administered in spring 2019 and is designed to be adaptive, increasing or decreasing in difficulty as students answer questions.

“When switching from ISTEP to ILEARN, we expected to run into some bumps along the road,” DeVon said. “After hearing concerns from educators, we knew something needed to be done to limit any potential negative impact on teachers and schools. These scores are not indicative of the incredible work being accomplished in classrooms across the state, and Hoosier educators should not be unfairly penalized during this transition period.” 

According to DeVon, the hold on ILEARN scores will last through the 2019-20 school year.

Under the legislation, ILEARN test scores would not be used when evaluating a teacher’s performance unless their rating would improve. A school’s annual performance evaluation would also be exempt.

House Bill 1001 now moves to the House floor for further consideration. Visit iga.in.gov to learn more.

 

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State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) represents House District 5,

which includes portions of St. Joseph County.

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PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) presents his legislation that would hold teachers and schools harmless from ILEARN results to the House Education Committee, Jan. 7, 2020, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. The bill passed out of committee and moves to the House floor for further consideration.