The 2014-15 ISTEP results were finally approved by the Indiana State Board of Education on Tuesday, January 26. This leaves us with only a few weeks before the 2015-2016 ISTEP will be administered to our students.
As we prepare for another round of state and federally mandated testing, I want to make it clear that the current assessments are snapshots that reflect a child's proficiency on particular standards, not a comprehensive measurement of what students learn or an effective indicator of future success.
I believe that our schools should be held accountable for providing the children we serve with the outstanding education they deserve. Unfortunately, the current fixation on standardized testing stifles our students’ creativity and limits the ability of educators throughout the state to offer a wide array of meaningful and engaging learning opportunities.
As Superintendent, I am doing everything I can to ensure that our students have access to the kind of quality learning experiences they deserve in classrooms led by professional educators who emphasize the importance of service, empathy, respect, manners, responsibility, and integrity. Nonetheless, it is my ...