When students finish taking ISTEP next month, they’ll be through with state-required testing for this school year.
But the number of tests students will have to take next school year still hasn’t been decided.
Third- through eighth-graders were originally going to have to take a new practice exam, called CoreLink, once ISTEP was complete. The new test wouldn’t count for or against schools but would give students and teachers an early glimpse at what a test measuring students’ college and career skills could include. Starting next school year, all schools in the state have to give a test assessing how prepared elementary and middle school students are for college and the workforce, and students will have to take that exam along with ISTEP.