Introduced Version






SENATE BILL No. 249

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 20-10.1-17-3.

Synopsis: ISTEP test subjects and time duration. Provides that the subject areas of English/language arts and mathematics are the only subject areas to be tested under the Indiana statewide testing for educational progress (ISTEP) program. Provides that each ISTEP subject area test may not be longer than two hours in duration.

Effective: July 1, 2000.





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    January 10, 2000, read first time and referred to Committee on Education.







Introduced

Second Regular Session 111th General Assembly (2000)


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SENATE BILL No. 249



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

    SECTION 1. IC 20-10.1-17-3 , AS AMENDED BY P.L.146-1999, SECTION 14, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2000]: Sec. 3. (a) The board shall adopt clear, concise, and jargon free state academic standards that are comparable to national and international academic standards. These academic standards must be adopted for each grade level from kindergarten through grade 12 for the following subjects:
        (1) English/language arts.
        (2) Mathematics.
        (3) Social studies.
        (4) Science.
For grade levels tested under the ISTEP program, the academic standards for English/language arts and mathematics must be based in part upon the results of the ISTEP program.
    (b) The department shall do the following:
        (1) Distribute the academic standards established under this section to each school corporation for distribution by the school

corporation to the parent of each student in the school corporation.
        (2) Survey parents of students, members of the business community, representatives of higher education, and educators on the importance and applicability of academic standards.
    (c) ISTEP program testing shall be administered only in the following subject areas:
        (1) English/language arts.
        (2) Mathematics.
        (3) Beginning in school year 2002-2003, science, in grade levels determined by the board.
        (4) Beginning in school year 2003-2004, social studies, in grade levels determined by the board.
     (d) Each subject area test administered under subsection (c) may not be longer than two (2) hours in duration.