Schools set to receive ISTEP scores weeks earlier this year

Indiana education officials are expecting to provide schools with results from this year’s ISTEP standardized exams in mid-August, weeks earlier than a year ago.

The state Education Department plans on giving test results to schools on Aug. 16. Those tests were taken last spring by more than 400,000 students across the state.

School districts received results of the spring 2016 exams in September and October last year. That followed troubles blamed on the state’s previous testing company which delayed results of the spring 2015 exams until January 2016.

State schools Superintendent Jennifer McCormick says the earlier results will help schools and teachers better prepare student instruction and teacher evaluations.