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No Child Left Behind To Be Replaced, Possible Changes To ISTEP Testing
Updated December 11, 2015 6:54 AM | Filed under: Education
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - No Child Left Behind is the federal law that has been blamed for a lot of over-testing of students in the United States.

Wednesday, the U.S. Senate voted to replace that with a much lighter version. Some say this could be the start of a potential ISTEP solution.

The latest ISTEP scores are a clear indication something has got to give. Almost 18 percent of schools state-wide may now receive an F grade for their performance on the ISTEP.

"This decline in scores was fully anticipated we don't want that to prejudice our schools," says Governor Mike Pence about the latest ISTEP scores and the possible impact to state schools.

A possible solution though is on the horizon. U.S. lawmakers are replacing No Child Left Behind the federal law seen as widely responsible for over-testing in states, with another law, the Every Student Succeeds Act which would eliminate the punishment of states that do not perform as well on standardized exams. Additionally, the new law would leave states responsible for crafting their own methods of accountability.

Ultimately, the change, some hope, may mean an end to the ISTEP as we know it.

The President may sign the replacement bill for No Child Left Behind into law as early as this week.

Though Indiana has opted out of No Child Left Behind for several years, the state has still been held accountable in other ways by the federal government. Those other accountabilities with this change, would be removed.

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