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ISTEP Exam Snafu Under Investigation

Last updated on Saturday, May 25, 2013

(STATEHOUSE) - Legislators will hold hearings on the Indianapolis Land Bank scandal and the snafu surrounding this spring’s ISTEP exam, as part of their summer study committee schedule.

Legislators had passed a law requiring a study of the costs and benefits of land banks even before this week's bribery indictment of Indianapolis Land Bank head Reggie Walton and an employee.

House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says the investigation means new questions about the practice of transferring ownership of abandoned properties to get them back on the tax rolls. He says a provision allowing nonprofit groups to take possession without having to bid is likely to face particular scrutiny.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) says there will be an all-day hearing next month on the computer crash which disrupted the ISTEP exam. He says test vendor McGraw-Hill will be called to testify about why it happened and whether the scores are still usable.

18 study committees will meet over the summer to review a total of 66 topics. The list includes three newly formed committees focusing on the Common Core curriculum standards, central Indiana mass transit, and school safety.

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