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Goodbye ISTEP Hello iLearn: New test will change the way Indiana handles standardized testing

Starting next school year, if you live in Indiana, your student will have a new standardized test to take.

Posted: Nov. 10, 2017 4:48 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Starting next school year, if you live in Indiana, your student will have a new standardized test to take.

Instead of ISTEP, kids in grades three through eight will take iLearn.

The Indiana State Teachers Association says this is the third time in 10 years Indiana is switching up how it measures student proficiency.

Administrators said ISTEP was plagued with problems.

That's why they are concerned.

So, why do it?

That's what legislators are asking as the state switches to the iLearn test.

The American Institute for Research will create the new computer-based adaptive tests.

Assessments will change the questions based on your student's performance.

"As you answer a question, if you get a question right it will go into more rigorous questions, and keep ratching it up or down," State Representative Robert Behning said.

iLearn is expected to be a shorter test.

One that students take at the end of the school year rather than in the middle.

Experts say the test will also measure specific strengths and weaknesses.

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