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Indiana: Senate Committee Approves Bill to Exempt Voucher Schools from State Testing

February 13, 2015

If anyone thinks delegating accountability to states is a good idea, read this and tell me you STILL believe it is a good idea. The conundrum we face: any alternative to RTTT that allows states to have “flexibility” could well accelerate the privatization of schools and a more rapid spread of vouchers. As we race to the bottom, look out below!

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Today, February 12, the Senate Education Committee voted to exempt voucher schools receiving public money from ISTEP, the state testing program. It was a straight party-line vote, 7-3. The voucher schools may take a test of their own choosing.

Here is a report from Vic Smith, who blogs about education and politics in Indiana:

Vic’s Statehouse Notes #201 – February 12, 2015

Put this bill in the category of “Just When You Thought It Couldn’t Get Worse for Public Education”!

Yesterday afternoon (Feb. 11th) the Senate Education Committee heard Senate Bill 470. It would allow private schools receiving vouchers to ignore ISTEP and to take instead “another nationally recognized and norm referenced assessment” of their own choice. The bill instructs the State Board to develop an A-F system just for the voucher schools taking alternate assessments.

Last year, a similar bill was quickly rejected by the committee because of…

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