Future of testing is focus at SBOE meeting

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The future of educational testing in the state was on display during a SBOE meeting held Wednesday morning.

Fourth District SBOE Representative Sarah O’Brien presented a resolution to reduce the length and cost of future ISTEP tests. The board passed nine out of eleven components within the resolution. The two that were tabled are up for review during the next meeting May 7.

O’ Brian said, ” I worry about the length of the test students have to take. It leaves concern over their stamina and ability to succeed.”

Panel members said they wanted more information about the English and math assessments given to K-2nd grade students. They also raised questions about their current position surrounding students who take Algebra early.

The SBOE also approved multiple resolutions concerning Indianapolis Public Schools. They authorized IPS to operate Arlington High School, which was previously operated by an outside vendor.

IPS will operate Arlington, but the school will remain under the jurisdiction of the Board. They also extended a contract with Charter Schools USA (CSUSA) to operate Emma Donnan Middle School through June 30, 2020. They also agreed to support the establishment of a K-6 feeder school within the Emma Donnan building, which is consistent with turnaround efforts at the middle school.

The board also discussed how much 2016’s test should cost. A $100-million budget was proposed that the DOE says should be around $74-million.

If you would like to read morning information about the material presented during the meeting, click here.