Legislature passes bill that will repeal the ISTEP

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INDIANAPOLIS (March 10, 2016) — The Indiana Legislature passed a bill on Thursday calling for the repeal of the troubled ISTEP test.

The House approved the measure on a 77-19 vote Thursday. It was also approved by the Senate and now it heads to Governor Mike Pence.

That measure, sponsored by Republican Rep. Bob Behning of Indianapolis, would scrap the unpopular test in 2017 as well as create a panel to study what should replace it.

The bill does not allow Democrats to appoint members to the committee. They criticized Republicans for leaving them out of the process.

Democrats argue education policies approved by Republicans in recent years led to the problems plaguing the ISTEP exam.

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