Ind. board approves extension of ISTEP testing

    The State Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to approve extending the applied skills and IRead-3 parts of ISTEP testing after multiple snow and cold days in January and February.

    Posted on Feb. 6, 2014 at 10:07 p.m.

    INDIANAPOLIS — The State Board of Education has agreed to extend ISTEP+ testing after weeks of frigid temperatures and heavy snowfalls that have forced repeated closures of many Indiana schools.

    WISH-TV reports the board voted unanimously Thursday to approve extending the applied skills portion of the exam from March 3 until March 21. That testing had been scheduled for March 3 through March 12.

    The board also extended ISTEP’s IRead-3 testing from March 17 until March 21, providing two more days of testing for third-graders.

    Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz recommended the change after many Indiana schools closed for multiple days this winter because of heavy snows and subzero temperatures.

    ISTEP+ exams are administered annually to third- through eighth-grade students and cover English, math, science and social studies.

    Information from: WISH-TV, http://www.wishtv.com/

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