Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Samantha Hart
Press Secretary
(317) 232-0550
hart@doe.in.gov

Today, Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction announced her appointees to the ISTEP review panel. The ISTEP review panel was created as a result of House Enrolled Act 1395, which provides that ISTEP will end after the 2017 school year and tasks the review panel with developing assessment alternatives.  Superintendent Ritz has long supported eliminating Indiana’s ISTEP test.

In addition to serving on the panel, HEA 1395 requires Superintendent Ritz to appoint a teacher, principal, superintendent and member of a school employee organization to the panel.  In accordance with these requirements, Superintendent Ritz has appointed the following individuals to the panel:

  • Ayana Wilson-Coles, a third grade teacher at Eagle Creek Elementary School
  • Julie Kemp, Principal at Chrisney Elementary School
  • Dr. Wendy Robinson, Superintendent of Fort Wayne Community Schools
  • Callie Marksbary, Indiana State Teachers Association

Superintendent Ritz also issued the following statement:

“I have said for years that Indiana needs to get away from the expensive, high-stakes, pass-fail mindset of ISTEP and instead, use an assessment that actually works for students, parents and teachers. Thanks to the federal passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Indiana has the opportunity to design an assessment system that better meets the needs of Hoosiers.

“Now, it is important that we take advantage of that flexibility to move us towards an assessment that is streamlined and student-centered so that teachers can focus on individual learning, rather than having to teach to a standardized test.  That needed change is what I will pursue, and I look forward to this important work.”