In their weekly media news conferences, Statehouse legislative leaders said there will be no halting of accountability as the Superintendent of Public Instruction and State Board of Education get ready to meet tomorrow discuss the current ISTEP test crisis.
News broke over the weekend that the ISTEP exams, scheduled to begin at the end of the month, had more than doubled in length in some instances. Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz blamed the increase on new standards. Governor Mike Pence vowed this week to do everything within his power to shorten the test. He has already hired two consultants to review the current exam to look for ways to shorten it.
The State Board of Education meets tomorrow to look for solutions.
Speaking to the media today, House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro Tempore David Long both made it clear there will be no pause in accountability and the legislature will intervene if necessary to shorten the ISTEP exams.
You can hear the leaders below. Bosma also discusses the upcoming budget and Sunday sales. Long also discusses Sunday Sales and gaming.
Leon-Tailored Audio: House Speaker Brian Bosma
Leon-Tailored Audio: Senate President Pro Tempore David Long