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Schools Being Told to Remain Ready to Give Longer ISTEP Exam

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ The Indiana Department of Education is telling schools to be ready to give the state's standardized test in its current form even as it plans to discuss ways to shorten the exam during a special Board of Education meeting Friday.
Deputy state schools superintendent Danielle Shockey said Tuesday that Gov. Mike Pence has caused “mass confusion'' with his executive order on Monday requiring a shorter ISTEP+ test.
Parents and educators have protested since learning that testing time for students this year would more than double, from about five hours to up to 12 hours, 30 minutes for third-graders.
Shockey says the longer test is needed this year to meet federal and state requirements. She says she's not sure an expert hired by Pence can find ways to shorten it.

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