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Students across Greater Lafayette take ISTEP for the final time.

This week students across Greater Lafayette will be taking the ISTEP for the final time.

Posted: Feb. 27, 2018 2:20 PM
Updated: Feb. 27, 2018 2:25 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — This week students across Greater Lafayette will be taking the ISTEP for the final time.
In 2019 all Hoosier students will make the switch to ILEARN.

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ILEARN is still being developed but is expected to be complete for students to take in the spring for 2019. The test is expected to be at least two hours shorter and students will only use a computer to answer questions.

The test will also be taken once during the school year instead of in two parts like the current ISTEP.

Tippecanoe School Corporation's superintendent Dr. Scott Hanback, wants his students to perform as well as they can on this final ISTEP test.

"So getting to bed early, getting a good breakfast that morning. Being as prepared as possible. The learning's already happened in their classrooms. No, it's just a matter of being able to demonstrate that on the test that Indiana says is our standardized end all be all test." said Hanback.

All schools across Indiana were allowed to start ISTEP testing yesterday and have until next Friday, March 9th to complete the first part of the test.

The current ISTEP exam taken by nearly 500,000 students has faced years of complaints about the number of days students spend taking the test and months-long waits for exam results from other testing companies.

In October of 2017, State officials approved a three-year contract with the Washington, D.C.-based American Institutes for Research.

Indiana education officials paid the company $43 million to create, implement and grade the new test that will replace the much-maligned ISTEP standardized exams.

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