ILEARN testing begins across Indiana, despite superintendents’ objections

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – For the first time in two years, students in Indiana are taking the ILEARN statewide assessment test.

Monday marked the first day of testing — which resumes after COVID-19 prompted its cancellation in 2020.

It is administered to those in grades three through eight. There are also optional high school tests in biology and government.

ILEARN replaced the now-retired ISTEP exam in 2019. Scores were so low that first year, the state legislature passed a “hold harmless” bill to prevent certain penalties from kicking in.

Challenges in 2021 continue.

Though most students are back on campus, those who are still learning remotely must take the ILEARN exam in class, as rules require that it be administered in person.

Many educators have been critical of the

In early March, a coalition of local administrators sent state officials a letter asking that the test again be set aside.

The letter laid out the case against testing in 2021, and concluded:

Continuing with ILEARN during this unprecedented year would be a failure of imagination and would negatively impact needed instructional time as well as jeopardize student health and safety,” it read. “Instead, please use the valuable data we are already gathering and using to measure each student’s progress through our formative assessments. We would happily share it, allowing us to work together in our common mission to best meet the educational needs of every girl and boy in Indiana.

It was signed by superintendents from 39 area school systems.


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