House education committee to hear Behning’s legislation replacing ISTEP

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Thursday, February 2, 2017 11:07 am

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 2, 2017) — The House Committee on Education is set to hear State Rep. Bob Behning’s (R-Indianapolis) legislation that would replace Indiana’s ISTEP test with a new assessment system on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

In 2016, Behning authored legislation that repealed ISTEP and created a 23-member expert panel that was tasked with finding a replacement for the exam. From those recommendations, House Bill 1003 would establish I-LEARN, or Indiana’s Learning Evaluation Assessment Readiness Network, as Indiana’s new statewide assessment.

“There is no question that changes needed to be made to our current assessment system,” said Behning, chair of the House Committee on Education. “Over the last few years, students, parents and educators have been rightfully frustrated with scoring delays, computer and software glitches and discrepancies between paper and online versions of ISTEP. With I-LEARN, it is my hope that students would receive timely results that better inform instruction at a lower cost.”

If enacted, students would take I-LEARN during a single testing window in the month of May starting in 2019.

The House Committee on Education meets at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the House Chamber. House Bill 1003 is eligible for committee amendments and public testimony.

Visit iga.in.gov to watch the committee hearing live and to learn more about House Bill 1003.

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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.