'I think we're on the wrong track,' WL Supt. calls out iLearn

Killion said iLearn is just a repackaged version of iStep with a different vendor and name.

Posted: Aug 7, 2019 12:19 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- In about a week, schools across Indiana will get the results of iLearn. It's the scores from the first year of the standardized test that replaced iStep.

It was designed to be a better measurement of student achievement and growth, but West Lafayette Community School Corporation Superintendent Rocky Killion said he's still not in favor of it.

"I think we're on the wrong track with iLearn," said Killion. "I think we're on the wrong track with standardized testing. I think we're on the wrong track with evaluating teachers based upon standardized testing because there's a lot more that goes into education than just preparing a student for a test."

i-Learn assesses students in grades three through eight. It also contributes to annual accountability measures which determine things like school funding and teacher pay.

Killion said it's an unfair assessment because a lot more goes into education.

Although last year's testing went smoothly for the corporation, he said he'll never be convinced it will improve education.

"What is that definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over expecting to get different results," said Killion. "iLearn is just standardized testing wrapped in a new statement."

Killion said the i-Learn is just a repackaged version of i-Step with a different vendor and name.

According the Indiana Department of Education's website, iLearn scores will be released Aug. 15.

Coming up Thursday on News 18 This Morning, it's the first day of classes for the West Lafayette Community School Corporation. Killion shares how the corporation is ready to keep kids safe to and from school.

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