Superintendents in multiple valley counties aired their concerns at Barr-Reeve School in Montgomery. They say efforts to fix and replace ISTEP Are going too slowly. These educators charge the state is spending millions of dollars on istep, and the schools and students aren’t getting a return. The superintendents say they don’t get timely results putting schools at a disadvantage.
“The whole ISTEP concept, it’s not that we have a problem with the accountability,” said Mark Baker, superintendent NESC. “The problem that we have is once we do take the test, the amount of hours that we spend on taking the test, then we don’t get the results back in time to be able to work with our students.”
The superintendents who spoke out represent smaller, rural schools. But just last week, school officials in Marion County, the state’s most populous, expressed the same frustrations. The local educators all signed a letter to Indiana lawmakers asking for action.
The ISTEP panel has until December 1st to make recommendations to the General Assembly. Reportedly, members aren’t close to any specific testing plan and they have just two more meetings before the deadline.