I-STEP panel meets for first time Tuesday

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A new state panel tasked with replacing Indiana’s unpopular I-STEP test held its first meeting Tuesday.

The 23-member panel met at the Indiana Statehouse to being the process of proposing an alternative to the I-STEP exam.

They must complete the proposal by December.

The panel is made up of six state education leaders as well as appointments by Governor Mike Pence, Indiana superintendent Glenda Ritz, House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro Tem David Long.

Governor Pence appointed Nicole Fama to lead the panel.

Fama is the principal at George H. Fisher School 93 in Indianapolis.

Right now, Indiana third through eighth graders and 10th graders will take the existing I-STEP test in the spring of 2017.

The alternative test would be first given to students in the spring of 2018.