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Verbatim: ISTA responds to A-F report

Statement, verbatim, as issued Friday by the Indiana State Teachers Association:

From the outset, ISTA viewed this investigation as being less about Tony Bennett who no longer serves Indiana and more about learning what went wrong and why,” said ISTA President Teresa Meredith.

“At the end of the day and this report, the Bennett administration’s process (its way of doing its business) and the substance of its model contributed to where we are today – where few believe in nor give credence to a single letter grade to judge the work of our schools,” ISTA President Teresa Meredith said.

ISTA notes the following process and substantive recommendations gleaned from the report:

Recommendation #2: Put a pause on additional state takeovers.

Recommendation #3(b): Invite more input, require more transparency, be more equitable.

Recommendation #3(c): Place less reliance on standardized test scores.

Recommendation #4(a): Value additional indicators of school performance.

Recommendation #4(b): Take the time to pilot and test.

“On behalf of ISTA members, who are in the thick of things everyday helping Hoosier children learn, these are the most important findings going forward.”

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