House supports DeVonís bill holding teachers, schools harmless from ILEARN scores for two years

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Monday, January 13, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 13, 2020) – Indiana House of Representatives Monday voted in support of State Rep. Dale DeVon's (R-Granger) bill that would ensure schools and teachers evaluations are not negatively impacted by ILEARN scores for two years.

ILEARN is the state’s standardized testing program, which DeVon said is required by federal law. Last year, ILEARN replaced the state’s older test ISTEP. The new test is taken on a computer and measures student achievement in various subjects in grades 3 through 8. Questions increase or decrease in difficulty depending on a student’s level of proficiency.

DeVon said as schools’ made this switch, lower test scores were expected. Test scores can influence teacher evaluations and school accountability grades.

“We know Hoosier educators put in tremendous work in classrooms across the state every day,” DeVon said. “This two-year hold harmless on ILEARN scores would give teachers and school officials assurance they will not be negatively impacted while transitioning to the new test.”

According to DeVon, ILEARN test scores could still be used when evaluating a teacher’s performance, but only if their rating would improve. The hold on scores would apply for tests taken in 2019 and 2020.

House Bill 1001 now moves to the Senate 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.