Tippecanoe County Public School Superintends React to ILEARN Announcement

ILEARN proficiency test scores will be released on September 4th. On Monday the Governor and several GOP leaders say they want to approve a one year delay so test scores don't hurt teacher evaluations or the A-F ratings for schools. Superintendents here in Tippecanoe county say the test shouldn't grade teachers or schools in the first place.

Posted: Aug 26, 2019 6:48 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY; Ind. (WLFI) - ILEARN proficiency test scores will be released on September 4th. On Monday the Governor and several GOP leaders say they want to approve a one year delay so test scores don't hurt teacher evaluations or the A-F ratings for schools. Superintendents here in Tippecanoe county say the test shouldn't grade teachers or schools in the first place.

"Yes the test scores are going to be lower this time,” said Scott Hanback superintendent of Tippecanoe School Corporation.

"I think you are going to see a lot of communities say, man what happened,” added Les Huddle Superintendent of the Lafayette school corporation.

Superintendents in Tippecanoe County are happy to hear the Governor and other GOP leaders want to hold schools harmless for what will likely be a large drop in standardized test scores. This is the first-year students who took ILEARN standardized testing rather than the controversial ISTEP tests.

"Standardized testing is not going to tell you how kids are doing;” said Rocky Killion the Superintendent or West Lafayette School Corporation. “It's not going to tell you how teachers are doing it's not going to tell you how school districts are doing. There are a variety of ways to measure that and standardized testing is not one of them." Dr. Killion

West Lafayette schools superintendent Rocky Killion isn't alone in his belief that standardized testing shouldn't measure teacher evaluations and school ratings. The superintendents of all three public Tippecanoe County school districts agree there are better ways to measure both.

"What we would much rather do is utilize that individual data that we get from the test allow that to inform our teachers and inform our schools to make adjustments with that particular student,” added Hanback.

"There are all kinds of things that we can utilize to measure the effectiveness of a school district,
added Killion. “This one size fits all testing is an antiquated model that doesn't work,"

Utilizing the data differently is what all three superintendents would like to see done.

Tomorrow afternoon, State Schools Superintendent Jennifer McCormick will hold a press conference to discuss the upcoming release of the ILEARN test results.

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