“Right now, we are trying to get growth data from an eighth grade ISTEP score and compare it to an ECA score,” she said. “It’s ridiculous.”
Comparing the ISTEP scores to those of the ECAs would be like comparing apples to oranges since ECAs test only on one topic such as algebra or biology whereas ISTEP focuses on multiple concepts for each subject.
While Ritz was unable to provide an exact date of when educators would learn for sure about the proposed changes, she was optimistic that the changes will be made. “It’s not ‘here’s what I’m going to do and here it is’,” said Ritz. “I have to have things signed off on.”
Ritz did not speak with the media following her visit. On Wednesday, she released a document revealing Gov. Mike Pence’s newly-created Center for Education and Career Innovation have planned to remove her as chair of the state Board of Education.