Ritz: New ISTEP test coming sooner at US request

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana must establish a new ISTEP test a year earlier than planned if state officials want to maintain their waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Democratic Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz told members of the State Board of Education Wednesday that federal officials made the request in a call with state officials. The new test is required because of the state's formal exit from national Common Core standards.

If the state loses its waiver, it would lose control over millions in federal dollars.

The U.S. Department of Education alerted state officials last month their waiver was at risk because of problems monitoring low-performing schools. Their concerns were announced by federal officials shortly after Indiana became the first state to formally exit Common Core.

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