Officials Aim for Testing Balance ; Indiana Education Members Cancel May Test

By Ballentine, Summer | Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current), April 12, 2014 | Go to article overview

Officials Aim for Testing Balance ; Indiana Education Members Cancel May Test


Ballentine, Summer, Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)


INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana education officials are trying to find a balance between preparing students for a new statewide test and overloading them with assessments as Indiana moves forward as the first state to drop the Common Core education standards. State Board of Education members on Wednesday canceled a May transitional assessment to prepare students for a full-blown pilot next spring because of worries that too many tests could be overwhelming and unnecessary during the realignment to new standards.

Students already will be taking at least two tests next spring because of new education standards set to replace the national guidelines in Common Core.

Only ISTEP, which currently is in place, will be used to gauge progress and evaluate teachers in spring 2015. Students and teachers will have next school year to prepare and adjust to the pilot test for the new standards.

The Department of Education planned to use the CoreLink test to expose students to what could lie ahead in the full-blown pilot assessment, but the plan prompted criticism from some board members who say the test is one too many for students.

The board eventually pushed off a decision on whether to delay the test until September and instead voted to postpone it indefinitely.

Member Brad Oliver said coming discussions during the standards revision process on how many assessments students should take will help set precedent for the culture of testing in the state.

"We're seeing a culture of a lot of schools centered on testing and focusing on compliance rather than learning," he said. …

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