Education committee sends Behning’s I-LEARN legislation to the House floor

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Thursday, February 9, 2017 3:25 pm

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 9, 2017) —Legislation that would replace ISTEP advanced out of the House Committee on Education today, said bill author State Rep. Bob Behning’s (R-Indianapolis).

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 these recommendations, Behning’s legislation 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 ISTEP assessment.

“We have had significant problems with ISTEP over the last few years, and it has rightly caused a lot of frustration among students, parents and educators,” said Behning, chair of the House Committee on Education. “This legislation takes into consideration the thoughts and suggestions of educators from across the state. Hoosier students and teachers deserve a shorter test with quicker results at a lower cost.”

Under this proposal, this statewide assessment would be given during a single testing window in May to best 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 full House 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.