Pike recognizes the importance of accountability and high expectations for all of our students. As an educator of 43 years, I have embraced different ways to measure student academic progress and provided data that teachers can use to help improve student achievement. However, it has been very challenging for teachers to focus on and be judged by student performance on tests based upon state standards that have changed several times in a relatively short timeframe.
In a few weeks, the Indiana Department of Education will release the 2016 ISTEP+ results. In my opinion, the ISTEP+ results will not reflect accurately what our students truly have learned or what they are capable of accomplishing. Instead, they will reflect whether or not students were good test takers.
The validity of ISTEP+ (state assessment) continues to be a controversial topic in Indiana for many different reasons. Most recently, Governor Pence appointed a diverse committee consisting of different stakeholders to determine if Indiana will have a different state assessment for the 2017 – 2018 school year. The committee’s progress has been slow with speculation that the committee will not meet its ...