Students in courses such as science and history will spend less time listening to lectures and taking multiple-choice exams and more time debating concepts and taking essay-based tests in order to meet new state standards and to pass the test that’s coming with them.
In other words, it no longer will be enough to know when Christopher Columbus sailed to America. Now students need to know why he took the trip and its overall impact. And they need to be able to write about it clearly.
The change is a result of new state education standards and a new statewide exam.
For years, Indiana has used ISTEP to see how well students understand math and English lessons and whether they meet state standards.