Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has been a supporter of the new remediation law and proponent of doing more to boost the college-readiness of Indiana students. His new education policy adviser, Claire Fiddian-Green, was at the board meeting but declined to comment on the board’s decision. She said she wasn’t authorized to speak to the media.
Sixteen Indiana high schools are involved in a pilot project using Accuplacer, the standard assessment test used by the state’s universities to determine if students are ready for college-level math and English. But Ritz said she’s not sure if Accuplacer is the best tool for the state’s high schools to use.
For the coming school year, schools will only need to provide remediation for students who fail twice to pass the end-course assessment test in algebra. Ritz said the DOE will have a plan by next April for how to implement the law for other students.
Ritz also expressed concerns about the lack of funding to implement the new remediation law and said the DOE needed more time to help schools figure out its fiscal impact. In passing the legislation, the General Assembly provided no additional dollars to schools for the testing and remediation of students. Leglistators who supported the law said they expected schools would be able to use their existing resources.
Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for the CNHI newspapers in Indiana. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.