ISTEP rescore would be up to Indiana State Board of Education, Department of Education under new bill

The Indiana State Board of Education and the Indiana Department of Education will decide whether the state needs to rescore last year’s ISTEP tests under a bill that has cleared a House committee.

The proposal approved Tuesday originally required the state to rescore all of the tests. After an estimate placed the cost of such a step at nearly $10 million, bill author and Indianapolis Republican Bob Behning scaled down the proposal to require rescoring only a sample of the exams.

Behning says a question remains as to whether a rescoring is even necessary, so the bill puts that decision into the hands of the State Board and the Department of Education.