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.
WISH-TV reports 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.