Pence signs education bills granting reprieve for teachers, schools for poor ISTEP scores

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(Jan. 21, 2016) — Gov. Mike Pence has signed two measures that will shield teachers and schools from being penalized for poor student performance during the 2015 ISTEP test.

The House and Senate approved both measures on Thursday. Pence made the education bills a legislative priority for the current session.

The Senate approved a House measure that prevents teachers from getting their merit pay docked because of low test scores. The House, in turn, passed a Senate bill that would prevent schools from dropping in A-F assessments.

The Indiana Department of Education released statewide ISTEP scores on Jan. 6. Results showed a sharp drop in student performance attributed to more challenging standards on that version of the test.