Pence’s interim solution
In a better-late-than-never move, Gov. Mike Pence will announce the replacement for Auditor Tim Berry. The governor tapped Berry to lead the state Republican Party almost six weeks ago but was clearly unprepared to find a successor.
In the meantime, Berry continued in his taxpayer-supported elected post while also traveling for political purposes.
When complaints about the dual duties were raised, including on this page, the governor finally appointed an interim auditor – Deputy Auditor Kirke Willing – to fill the post until Berrys successor is sworn in on Monday.
Which raises the question: Why wasnt Willing appointed to the interim post a month ago?
Troubled-test woes spreading
After major interruptions in ISTEP+ testing this spring, Indiana education officials can at least take consolation in knowing they arent alone. Pearson, the worlds largest testing company, is apologizing this week for issuing incorrect test results for 4,000 students in Virginia.
The company provided scores that resulted in parents being told their children passed the statewide test when, in fact, the students had failed. The assessment was administered to children with severe learning disabilities as an alternative to Virginias version of ISTEP+. The company also has experienced scoring problems in New York, Florida and Minnesota.
Indianas troubled contractor was CTB/McGraw-Hill. Together, Pearson and McGraw-Hill hold about 53 percent of the states testing contract dollars, more than $350 million a year on average.