"I commend the Governor and the State Board of Education for their decision to move the ISTEP+ to the spring," P. Eric Turner (R-Marion) said. "For many years, House Republicans have championed moving the ISTEP+ to the spring. It is obvious that we should be testing students on materials they are learning during the current school year, instead of four months after the previous school year. This is a logical move that should have been done a long time ago."
Spring testing will begin in 2008-2009 academic year. In order to meet federal guidelines, students will be tested in fall 2008 and spring 2009. After that, the exam will only be given in the spring.
Established by the General Assembly, the 11-member State Board of Education oversees state education policy-making. The Superintendent of Public Instruction is a voting member and chairs the Board. The remaining 10 members are appointed by the Governor, one from each of the state's congressional districts. No more than six of the 10 appointed members may be from the same political party, and at least four must be educators.