The ISTEP test will be shortened.
The exam that is given to public school students in Indiana was expected to take 12 hours before state school Superintendent Glenda Ritz acted Friday morning.
It’s the result of demands made by the governor earlier this week.
Ritz announced that the test time will be reduced by a little over 3 hours.
It will still be a much longer test than the one given to Indiana students last year.
Ritz made that decision after hearing from 2 outside experts hired by the governor.
They suggested, among other things, that the social studies portion of the test be eliminated this year for 5th and 7th graders.
“Following our guidelines and recommendations we think that testing time can be significantly reduced,” said testing consultant Ed Roeber.
“We are prepared to move forward with the 3 hours and five minutes (reduction)”, said Ritz, “and the suggestion to the General Assembly to suspend social studies, yes.”
That change will require approval by the General Assembly because otherwise the test will not meet state requirements.
Superintendent Ritz also sought to suspend the state’s accountability system this year. It gives letter grades to schools based on test results.
Board members voted to have that item removed from the agenda.