(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Indiana Chamber of Commerce offers reaction to the report released today by noted policy analysts John Grew and Bill Sheldrake that examined Indiana's A-F School Accountability Model. The examination was requested by House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro-Tem David Long on August 2, 2013.

From Kevin Brinegar, Indiana Chamber president and CEO:

"The Indiana Chamber believes the recommendations issued in this review are valuable and should be given strong consideration. In particular, we support the recommendation that the accountability system ‘should incorporate measures that involve less reliance on standardized tests passage rates and more reliance on individual student growth based on criterion-referenced measures.'

"This framework is exactly what the Indiana Chamber testified in support of when the accountability rule was being developed by the Indiana Department of Education and presented to the State Board of Education. The Indiana Chamber will continue to advocate to these two entities for an accountability measurement system that focuses primarily on school improvement (and less on standardized testing pass rates)."

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce partners with 15,000 members and investors -- representing 2.6 million Hoosiers -- to achieve the mission of "cultivating a world-class environment which provides economic opportunity and prosperity."

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