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Indiana GOP leaders want delay on new exam's penalties

About 500,000 students took the new ILEARN test last spring after the Republican-dominated Legislature in 2017 ordered it as a replacement for the much-maligned ISTEP exams.

Posted: Aug 27, 2019 1:58 PM
Updated: Aug 27, 2019 4:19 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - State officials are looking to delay any penalties from lower student scores on Indiana's new standardized test even before its first results are released to the public.

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and top GOP legislative leaders said Monday they want lawmakers to approve a one-year delay so that the English and math test scores don't hurt teacher evaluations or the A-F ratings for schools.

About 500,000 students took the new ILEARN test last spring after the Republican-dominated Legislature in 2017 ordered it as a replacement for the much-maligned ISTEP exams.

The state Department of Education says it sent ILEARN scores to schools this month and will make them public Sept. 4.

State schools Superintendent Jennifer McCormick says the results show Indiana needs a modernized accountability system that's fair and accurate.

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