Area Students to Take Shortened ISTEP Exam Next Week

This year’s shortened ISTEP exam will be taken at all of the local schools next week. The test window begins today.

Governor Mike Pence signed into law SEA 62, the bill that allows the Indiana Department of Education to shorten this year’s ISTEP test. The test would have been more than 12 hours for third grade students.

The test will begin on Monday at most schools and Tuesday at others. Students will be tested in the next two weeks. The window closes March 11.

Schools already had been preparing for a shorter ISTEP since receiving guidance from the Department of Education after state Superintendent Glenda Ritz cut out portions of the exam with the help of two consultants hired by the governor.