Educators are pressing for an overhaul of the stateâ€™s school accountability system after a reported drop in student achievement on the stateâ€™s new ILEARN exam â€“ including the stateâ€™s top education official.
Theyâ€™re worried about low ILEARN scores this year and how they could affect Indianaâ€™s schools. Test scores play a key role in how schools and teachers are evaluated.
But policymakers say they want to avoid penalizing schools for the lower scores since itâ€™s the first year of the test. And State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick says thatâ€™s just a start.
â€œWe are hopeful that our General Assembly will take a hard look at our state accountability system and address some of those concerns so a year from now weâ€™re not having the same conversation,â€ McCormick says.
McCormick says nationally, Indiana students are seeing improvement. She says ILEARN is a better test to estimate how ready students are for college and careers but itâ€™s not a complete indicator of success.
â€œILEARN was a snapshot in time, it was a one day assessment, it gave us information on where students are performing but there are a lot of pieces to student performance beyond one assessment,â€ McCormick says.
She says itâ€™s past time the state separate test scores from teacher evaluations, too. McCormick says standardized tests show a limited snapshot of student performance.