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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

ISTEP Spring Test Back on Table

The Indy Star reports that the legislature still seems bent on changing ISTEP back to the Spring.

There is no practical advantage to changing. It is in fact, a colossal waste of money at a time when schools are going to be cutting programs to children.

The current Indiana government wishes to erase any track record of progress made by our public schools. And that is sad. In the absence of any legitimate, research-based rationale, what else could it be?


Anonymous said...

In discussions with other parents, I have found that most believe that students would do better on the tests in the spring, when they have a year of school under their belts rather than fresh from summer break. There was material on the tests that my daughter had not yet been introduced to in the fall, but learned later in the year. I think this is the position of people who favor changing testing dates, and many have made their viewpoints known to those in authority. Maybe that is the reason they are considering a change...

Anonymous said...

As an educator, I support the idea of testing in the spring. I believe that students would fare better with this timing. However, I do find it ironic that the state continues to look at ways of increasing the financial strain instead of decreasing this! Sometimes I wonder... is this only a problem in Indiana?