Standardized Testing

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Some parents of online learners still have lingering concerns about sending their children back to school – specifically for in-person standardized tests – but the state says most students have already taken their federally required assessments, and there aren't consequences if they don't.

FORT WAYNE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Fort Wayne Community Schools announced Thursday that all students in grades 3-8 are required to take the state’s standardized test, ILEARN in person next month.

FWCS has been working on a blended learning schedule for students since returning to schools in the fall of last year. In order to continue to keep up with social distancing, students on the blended learning schedule will learn remotely April 19-23, while remote students will attend in person.

Blended students will return to their normal in-person schedule the following week.

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The U.S. Department of Education, USDOE, says spring standardized testing will continue this year after being canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19, but the federal government is offering states some flexibility in how those tests are administered and how the data is used. 

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Indiana teachers and schools will be shielded from penalties from last year’s poor statewide standardized test scores.

"Hold harmless” legislation was sent to the governor’s desk Monday.

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A proposal to separate student test scores from teacher evaluations at the state level is making progress through the legislature, and the state’s largest teachers union says it could draw more young people to the profession. 

Indiana teachers have long pressed for the state to remove requirements that student test scores be used in their evaluations and this year, it seems like lawmakers are on board. A bill to nix the requirement already passed the House – and won unanimous approval.