Lawmaker Says Too Much Testing Indiana

A lawmaker who sponsored a bill that's spurred a review of Indiana's ISTEP+ testing program says the state has “too much highstakes testing.”

A summer study committee will examine whether Indiana should replace its testing program for students in grades three through 10. Democratic state Rep. Melanie Wright of Yorktown sponsored a bill last session addressing how Indiana's testing affects students and teachers. 

Wright is a teacher, and believes Indiana has “too much highstakes testing”. She says tests with more open answer responses instead of hundreds of multiple choice questions might help students learn and retain crucial information.