INDIANAPOLIS – With two unanimous votes, the Indiana House on Monday backed away from several accountability measures related to student test scores.

The chamber first approved House   Bill 1001 (https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2020/bills/house/1001), which is a two-year measure that holds teachers and schools harmless from drops in test scores related to A to F grades and bonuses.

Then it tacked on a 100-0 vote for House   Bill 1002 (https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2020/bills/house/1002), which ended a state policy of tying teacher evaluations to student achievement on standardized tests.

"I have one serious objection to it which is it’s about 10 years late," said Rep. Ed Delaney, D-Indianapolis.

He added that a test cannot determine which teachers are good and which aren’t.

Legislators in 2011 started requiring teacher evaluation methods to include test data from students. Those in support said teachers must be held accountable in addition to schools receiving A to F grades. But those against the effort said it isn't fair to teachers because there is too much outside the classroom that impacts student scores.

Outgoing House Speaker Brian Bosma (D-Indianapolis) is the first one to push the change, saying he came around after seeing volatility on the state standardized test over the years. Changing academic standards, testing vendors and the format of the test has led to huge drops in recent years.

Local officials still have the option of considering test scores in teacher performance reviews but it would no longer be required under the legislation – which now moves to the Senate.
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