The Journal Gazette
 
 
Friday, August 30, 2019 1:00 am

Indiana voices

Missteps with ISTEP replacement

The latest round of alphabet soup in Indiana's standardized testing of students again is leaving a bad taste in our collective mouths.

The state has done nothing to convince any of us that the newest form of standardized testing is any more useful than a No. 2 pencil sharpened down to a nub.

The first round of ILEARN was administered in the spring to students in grades 3-8.

Just a few months later, we're hearing from some of the state's top officials that the results should be taken with a grain a salt, nullified and shelved because too many students performed poorly on the exams.

We're not hearing this discord in so many other states that use established and well-known achievement tests.

What can we learn from those states? Have we even tried?

 We must demand better of the people elected and appointed as stewards of the very foundation for our children's futures.

– The Timesof Northwest Indiana, Munster


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