Lawmaker Who Spurred Review: Indiana Has Too Much Testing

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – 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.''

The Legislative Council announced last month that 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.

Her bill didn't go anywhere, but its language is driving the education study committee's summer work.

Wright, who's a teacher, tells The Herald Bulletin Indiana has “too much high­stakes testing'' and those tests are too curriculum­oriented.

She says tests with more open­answer responses instead of hundreds of multiple choice questions might help students learn and retain crucial information.

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  Information from: The Herald Bulletin, http://www.theheraldbulletin.com