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State agrees to extend ISTEP+ testing

INDIANAPOLIS – The State Board of Education has agreed to extend ISTEP+ testing after weeks of frigid temperatures and heavy snowfalls that have forced repeated closures of many Indiana schools.

The board voted unanimously Thursday to approve extending the applied skills portion of the exam from March 3 until March 21. That testing had been scheduled for March 3 through March 12.

The board also extended ISTEP’s IRead-3 testing from March 17 until March 21, providing two more days of testing for third-graders.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz recommended the change after many Indiana schools closed for multiple days this winter because of heavy snows and subzero temperatures.

ISTEP+ exams are administered annually to third- through eighth-grade students and cover English, math, science and social studies.

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