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Lawmakers Replace ISTEP With ILEARN, Set New Graduation Requirements
Updated June 26, 2017 9:18 AM
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - Lawmakers repealed ISTEP last year, and this year they set parameters for the new test for 2019, dubbed ILEARN.

Much of what the test looks like will be left up to the State Board of Education to hash out. While there's room for some personalization to Indiana's standards, there's also room for using a national test that will allow Indiana to compare test results with other states. Testing and graduation requirements for high school students will change, too. And, notably, school districts will have more discretion in how ISTEP results factor into teacher evaluations next year.

Students would be able to meet state graduation requirements under a number of options. Those include passing end of course assessments, achieving a certain score a college entrance exam like the SAT or ACT, passing international baccalaureate or advanced placement exams or receiving industry certifications.

The state board of education would determine how each pathway operates.

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