Indiana teachers and schools will be shielded from penalties from last year’s poor statewide standardized test scores.
“Hold harmless” legislation was sent to the governor’s desk Monday.
The state used a new standardized test last year – ILEARN replaced the old ISTEP. Students scores on that new test dropped sharply. And leaders of both parties and the governor immediately called for a pause in accountability. That’s because those test scores have a significant impact, says Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger).
“It can affect funding for the schools,” DeVon says. “It can affect pay, teacher pay as well.”
The accountability pause is for two years – and Rep. Ed DeLaney (D-Indianapolis) says there’s work to be done during that period.
“We need to work very diligently on creating a testing system that actually works for our teachers, our parents and most importantly our children,” DeLaney says.
The bill now awaits Gov. Eric Holcomb’s signature to become law.