Indiana senate panel approves parameters to replace I-STEP

An Indiana senate panel has approved a bill that sets parameters for an I-STEP replacement exam.

It would be called “I-LEARN” and be in place by 2019.

However, the state has not yet picked a specific test.

Critics worry that the short timeline and uncertainty could lead to the same circumstances that prompted lawmakers to ditch the I-STEP.

The exam became an issue after Republicans undertook a number of education overhauls in recent years.

Students performed poorly on one recent version that was not only more difficult, but also plagued by administrative glitches.

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