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State Seeks ISTEP Equivalent to Measure Career Readiness

As the Department of Education works to rewrite the A-through-F rating standards for Indiana schools, it's grappling with how to measure not just academic performance but career readiness.

ISTEP scores are a big part of the old accountability formula and will be a major part of the new one. But as Indiana puts more emphasis on vocational education instead of steering all students toward college, the state is looking for test scores to reflect those skills:

Derek Redelman with the Indiana Chamber says there needs to be a test that's both widely used measure of workplace readiness that's accepted as objective. So far, he says, there isn't one.

Some employers, especially in northwest Indiana, are using a job-aptitude test called WorkKeys. But the test isn't yet in widespread use in Indiana, and the skills the exam tests don't necessarily apply to all careers.

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