ISTEP stress

Story by: Dakota Fisher, Sports Editor
Photo by: Amanda Wiggins, staff photographer

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ISTEP, who could imagine that five simple letters could cause so much stress? The ISTEP test has made a reappearance in high schools across Indiana.

Freshmen and sophomores, even sophomores who had previously taken the ECA, had to take the ISTEP test the week before spring break. However, the scores were not counted for students who have taken, and passed the ECA. Sophomores that have not taken the ECA will take both the ECA at the end of the semester and ISTEP in both March and April.  

“I think it’s ridiculous that we had to take the ISTEP again,” said Zoe Jackson, 10. “I thought we were finished with that in like the 7th grade.”  

For the past year, many Indiana lawmakers have tried to replace current standardized testing with a cheaper, generic version in order to save money.

“A bill just passed that has cancelled ISTEP after next year (2016-2017 year). It will be replaced by something eventually but that is unclear at this moment,” said MVHS counselor, Jamie Beaver.

The Indiana Board of Education has plans to eliminate the ISTEP test within the next two years and replace it with a new test, the nature of which is undecided. According to chalkbeat.org, State Superintendent Glenda Ritz has proposed reshaping the state testing system so students would take a series of shorter tests that could be combined into a final yearly score.

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Don’t stay in school

Story by: Ian Carson, Managing Editor
Photo by: Emily Neundorf, staff photographer

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When the famous YouTuber boyinaband, Dave Brown, published his music video  “Don’t Stay in School,” he had no intention to deter people from actually attending school. He intended to point out the flaws in the current education system.

The song spread like wildfire, with more than two million views, and questioned the very core of education. The topics discussed included ones such as the importance placed on standardized testing and educational standards set by the government. Brown remarked that students never learn what their universal human rights are. He also questioned why he was never taught necessary life skills such as how to pay taxes.

The video wss well-received by most students and even some educators.

“I think that the current education system forces students to take classes that are not in alignment with what they want to be in the future,” said Katelyn Schuck, 11. “If a student has no particular interest in a class that they are required to take, then they will earn a lower grade. This could hurt their academic eligibility in the future.”

The fact is that students are learning to hate school rather than learning what they want to learn—what will help them in the future. The system is in obvious need of reform, starting at the highest level.