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No More I-Step?
By ANDREW LOGSDON | firstname.lastname@example.org
Major changes are in the works for the tests your kids take every school year here in the Hoosier State.
Law makers and education officials hope to replace the I-Step test that every student in Indiana takes each year with a new test that reflects the College and Career Ready standards.
WFFT has what that means for your kids.
Indiana schools are already in flux with Governor Mike Pence opting the state schools out of the Common Core standards.
Now, they've had to adjust those testing methods to match the new standards.
School's out for summer- but school's in session for education leaders in Indianapolis.
At this week's education roundtable meetings, governor pence and state education officials are working on an adjusted I-Step- and future replacement- to match the state's new education plans.
"Well, the state board of education did adopt new college and career ready Indiana academic standards for the 2014-2015 school year. So that means that our I-Step plus tests do need to be revised so that they are aligned with the new standards,” says Fort Wayne Community Schools Director of Public Affairs Melanie Hall.
Hall says district teachers have already been prepped on the new standards that go into place this fall.
She says the transition has been going well.
Julie Hyndman, President of the Fort Wayne Education Association, disagrees.
"I'm hearing a lot of negative feedback as far as the fact, primarily for me it's that the state board of education and the governor refuse to work directly with our elected official,” Hyndman says.
That elected official is Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz.
Hyndman says the struggle over the state standards goes back to her election in 2012.
A revised I-Step is being developed for the upcoming year- and the following year- a completely new test designed by state education officials goes into effect.
But none of it has been in finalized yet.
"The new tests are still in development, and we should know more by early august,” Hall says.
"We're looking for guidance from our administration. Our administration is looking for guidance from the state. And we will all work together when it has to happen and take place,” Hyndman says.