Indianapolis, In. — A bill amended by Republican state senator from Oldenburg Jean Leising that works to replace Indiana’s teacher licensing exams was ceremonially signed into law today by Gov. Eric Holcomb.House Enrolled Act 1002 requires the Indiana State Board of Education to replace the current Indiana teacher licensing exams with new nationally administered exams.“A number of would-be teachers who excelled in the classroom are repeatedly failing the licensing tests required of them,” Leising said. “This has not always been an issue. Five years ago, Indiana changed from a nationally administered licensing exam to a customized exam, and teaching candidates are struggling to pass. This is keeping potentially great teachers out of the classroom, causing some schools to resort to substitute teachers and adding to the teacher shortage in Indiana.”HEA 1002 requires the Indiana Department of Education to implement the new exams by Sept. 1, 2021.For more information on HEA 1002, visit iga.in.gov.