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New Standardized Test Could Be Harder Than ISTEP
Updated May 5, 2013 12:10 AM | Filed under: WBIW News
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - Indiana students who prepare for the state's standardized tests in a few years may find they face a harder exam.

State Superintendent Tony Bennett told the Indiana Education Roundtable on Wednesday that the new PARCC test in the 2014-2015 school year will be more difficult than the ISTEP because it measures the progress of students differently. He says the questions will cover fewer topics at a greater depth.

The new test will also include a cumulative skills assessment in 11th grade so colleges have a better sense of which students may need remediation before pursuing a degree.

The new PARCC assessment will be a common standardized test used in multiple states. The test received a $186 million "Race to the Top" grant from the U.S. Department of Education.



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