Sunday, February 15, 2015
Senate Education Committee Approves Bill To Exempt Some Private Schools From ISTEP
Amidst all the ruckus this past week at the State House over the length of the revamped ISTEP standardized exams the Senate Education Committee passed legislation by a 7-3 vote along part lines to exempt some schools from ISTEP. Specifically, only private schools which receive public funding through the CHOICE Scholarship program would be exempt under SB 470 sponsored by Sen. Scott Schneider (R-Indianapolis). Instead of ISTEP, these schools would be permitted to use a locally adopted assessment program instead. Well, doesn't that beat all? Students at some of these schools haven't fared so well under the standardized testing program relative to their public school counterparts so let's allow them to take a different form of testing so their performance can't be compared to public schools.