Indiana Board of Education Approves Flexibility Waiver for Counting Instructional Time

Indiana Department of Education

(INDIANAPOLIS) — The Indiana State Board of Education (Board) acted Wednesday to approve a new flexibility waiver and announced assessment windows for the 2021-2022 school year.

The Board unanimously approved a flexibility waiver for Lewis Cass Schools in Cass County, allowing the district to count its instructional time in minutes instead of in days. This change – which follows similar flexibility waivers approved in December and January – will allow these districts to maximize instructional time during periods when schools are able to safely provide in-person learning.

Dr. Katie Jenner

“As we continue to navigate the unique challenges of this pandemic, we’re working to support Indiana’s schools with the flexibility they need to continue providing high-quality instruction,” said Dr. Katie Jenner, Indiana Secretary of Education. “The General Assembly passed the flexibility options last year, which allow schools the opportunity to apply for many different waivers. I encourage schools to consider applying for these waivers to gain additional local flexibility and best serve Indiana’s students.”

The board also approved testing windows for the 2021-2022 school year, including windows for the ILEARN, ISTEP+ retest, SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, IREAD-3, I AM, WIDA ACCESS and NAEP assessments.

This is the last year for a whole cohort to take ISTEP+ as Indiana transitions to using the SAT in Spring 2022.

The Board will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.