New standardized test could be harder than ISTEP

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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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