Indiana Board Adopts Test-based Accountability

K-12 Testing

The Indiana Board of Education adopted a new school accountability measure in October despite widespread public opposition to the plan. In September, approximately 600 teachers, administrators, school board members, and parents from across the state packed a public hearing to oppose the new law, claiming it will unfairly penalize schools with the fewest resources and constrict classroom curriculum and instruction.


Starting in 2005, all schools will be categorized into five performance levels based solely on their rate of improvement on the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress (ISTEP+).  Schools ranked at the bottom would be subject to state intervention, including takeover, after two years.  A school must also continue to show improvement based on a three-year rolling average in order to remain in its improvement category.


A recent study by Dr. Wayne Winston, a business professor at Indiana University, shows the new rankings will strongly correlate with the socioeconomic status of school communities.