Gov. Pence says low ISTEP scores should not impact teacher bonuses

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 27, 2015)-- Governor Mike Pence says he does not want ISTEP results to hurt teacher evaluations this year.

On Tuesday, Pence sent a letter to State Superintendent Glenda Ritz and the State Board of Education, saying lawmakers are creating legislation that will keep test results from negatively impacting teacher evaluations or performance bonuses. Education leaders are expecting lower ISTEP scores because of the new version of the exam.

"When states transition to new academic standards and a new assessment, test scores usually decrease, which occurred in the test scores you will review this week. This decline in scores was expected and does not reflect the hard work being done in our schools," Pence said in part.

The full letter can be read here.

The board of education is expected to vote Wednesday on the pass-fail scores.